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Afghanistan: Three U.S. Troops Killed In Latest 'Green-On-Blue' Attack



An Afghan man wearing a military uniform killed three American soldiers in southern Afghanistan on Friday, only a day after U.S. authorities condemned a suicide bombing earlier this week that killed four other Americans.

The attack is the latest in a string of ‘green-on-blue’ attacks, where Afghan security forces turn on Western troops. The attacks have eroded trust between Afghan authorities and their NATO allies, who are scheduled to leave by 2014.

CNN reports that the man opened fire on the troops in the Helmand province, according to an International Assistance Security Force (ISAF) spokesperson, who did not provide further details.

According to the BBC, Afghan officials say the three soldiers were Special Forces members. Officials also told the BBC that the soldiers were meeting with an elder who said he wanted to join the police but turned out to be a Taliban infiltrator and shot them.

A NATO spokeswoman told Reuters it was too early to verify these details.

Earlier this week a suicide bomber killed four Americans and an Afghan interpreter in the eastern Kunar province. On Thursday U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton condemned the bombing, for which the Taliban claimed responsibility.

NATO says there have been 24 so-called ‘green-on-blue’ attacks with 28 people killed since January 2012, according to Khaama Press.

The past week has been particularly violent for Afghanistan. On Tuesday a remote-controlled bomb killed nine passengers on a bus near the capital Kabul.

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Influencer Union? The Next Labor Rights Battle May Be For Social Media Creators

With the end of the Hollywood writers and actors strikes, the creator economy is the next frontier for organized labor.

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Hollywood writers and actors recently proved that they could go toe-to-toe with powerful media conglomerates. After going on strike in the summer of 2023, they secured better pay, more transparency from streaming services and safeguards from having their work exploited or replaced by artificial intelligence.

But the future of entertainment extends well beyond Hollywood. Social media creators – otherwise known as influencers, YouTubers, TikTokers, vloggers and live streamers – entertain and inform a vast portion of the planet.

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For the past decade, we’ve mapped the contours and dimensions of the global social media entertainment industry. Unlike their Hollywood counterparts, these creators struggle to be seen as entertainers worthy of basic labor protections.

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