Another American killed by man in Afghan army uniform, Andrew Brittonmilaho Green Beret
Known in his hometown area of Simi Valley, California, as Andrew Mihalo, online reports also list his name as Andrew Britton. Brittonmihalo is the official name used by the Department of Defense in its release this morning.
SSG Brittonmilaho was based out of Eglin Air Force base in Florida.
He was killed by small arms fire from enemy forces in Kandahar.
While there are no official accounts of his death from the military, family reports that he was killed by a man in an Afghan Army uniform. There are reports that his interpreter was also killed in the same incident. The incident remains under investigation by the military.
He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group and was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom-Afghanistan, at the time of his death. This is the third U.S. Special Forces death released this week.
About two hours after the two U.S. soldiers were wounded, a separate clash occurred in which an Afghan soldier opened fire with a machine gun on a group of U.S. and Afghan special operations soldiers returning to their base after conducting an operation, U.S. officials said.
The gunfire killed one American soldier, wounded three other Americans and killed another person whose nationality was unclear. One official said the person was an Afghan interpreter. Another official said an internal report referred to him as a U.S. civilian.
Craig Mathias, who with his wife, Danette, cared for him during his senior year at Royal High School, confirmed the news Thursday. The Department of Defense has so far not released any information or confirmed Britton’s death.
Britton — known as Andrew Mihalo when he lived in Simi Valley — was 25.
He was raised in Simi Valley and stayed on to complete high school there after his mother and stepfather moved out of state.
His mother now resides in North Carolina, while his sister, Michelle Caranza, lives in Simi Valley.
Although no official details about the circumstances surrounding Britton’s death have been released, the Mathiases say the family has been told there was an incident or ambush involving someone in Afghan Army uniform.
Mercury News AP April 26, 2012
KABUL, Afghanistan — A man wearing an Afghan army uniform fatally shot an American service member in southern Afghanistan, officials said Thursday, the latest in a string of attacks against U.S. and other foreign forces by their Afghan partners or insurgents in disguise.
Since the beginning of the year, there have been at least 16 such attacks against American and other international troops. The U.S.-led coalition is trying to mentor and strengthen Afghan security forces so they can lead the fight against the Taliban and foreign troops can go home by the end of 2014. That mission, however, requires a measure of trust that has been repeatedly undermined by the deaths of coalition troops at the hands of their Afghan partners.
In one of the highest-profile attacks, a man working as a driver at the Afghan Interior Ministry shot dead two U.S. military advisers at close range in March. That incident alone led the U.S. military to temporarily pull all its advisers out of Afghan ministries.