3rd Afghan inside attack kills 4 US troops

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Afghan police killed four American soldiers coming to their aid after a checkpoint attack Sunday, the third "insider" assault by government forces or insurgents disguised in military uniforms in as many days. The escalating violence - including a NATO airstrike that killed eight Afghan women and girls gathering firewood in a remote part of the country - strained the military partnership between Kabul and NATO as the U.S. begins to withdraw thousands of troops sent three years ago to route the Taliban from southern strongholds.

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