Afghan Pilot Kills Six U.S. Soldiers After Argument [Updated: Nine Americans Dead]

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Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers keep watch at the gate of the Afghan air force compound in Kabul on April 27, 2011. A number of people were killed and injured on April 27 after a row between an Afghan air force officer and foreign troops at the air force headquarters next to Kabul airport, the defence ministry said. A spokesman for the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), Major Tim James, confirmed there were casualties among international troops and that shots had been fired at the Afghan air force compound. AFP PHOTO/SHAH Marai (Photo credit should read SHAH MARAI/AFP/Getty Images) Photo: SHAH MARAI/2011 AFP

Another day, another piece of extremely demoralizing news from Afghanistan. (Is there any other kind?) Details vary, but according to various reports, eight NATO soldiers and one contractor were killed at the North Kabul International Airport earlier today by a veteran Afghan pilot after some kind of argument took place. CNN says that six of those NATO soldiers were Americans. The Taliban has claimed responsibility, as they often do in these situations, but NATO and Afghan officials don't believe they were involved. According to the Times, "It was the fourth incident in the past two weeks in which a person wearing an Afghan security force uniform attacked from within a government compound."

Afghan official: Man opens fire on Americans in Kabul; 6 dead [CNN]
Afghan pilot shoots and kills 8 NATO troops [MSNBC]
Gunman Kills NATO Troops at Kabul Airport [NYT]

Update: Now reports indicate that all nine casualties — eight soldiers and one contractor — were American.