Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Afghan soldiers turning on American counterparts

It's called "Green on Blue attacks" which really doesn't explain the players to non-military, or the implications of these murders.  Afghan soldiers have murdered many American soldiers and the chilling effect this is having on our ability to work with the Afghans is called into question.

It is long past the time for us to have left.  There is no defined goal, no end strategy and no won hearts and minds.  We cannot afford to pay for the privilege of being abused by both the Afghans and our own clueless government any longer.

More will die....and for what now?

From CBS March 26

Afghan soldier kills 2 U.K. troops on NATO base

(AP) KABUL, Afghanistan - An Afghan soldier shot and killed two British troops Monday at a NATO coalition base in southern Afghanistan before being gunned down by international forces, officials said.
The attack was the latest in a string of so-called "green on blue" attacks in which Afghan security forces have turned their guns on their international colleagues or mentors. Such attacks have become increasingly common over the past year, particularly since the burning of Korans at a U.S. base in February.
Fifteen NATO service members, including eight Americans, have been killed by Afghan security officials or militants disguised in their uniforms so far this year.
Monday's shooting occurred around 11 a.m. in front of the main gate of a joint civilian-military base in Lashkar Gah, the provincial capital of Helmand province, the governor's office said.
Ghulam Farooq Parwani, deputy commander of the Afghan National Army in Helmand, said the shooter was from the eastern Nangarhar province and had been in the army for four years. The Afghan soldier arrived at the gate of the base in an army vehicle. He was able to get close to the British troops by claiming that he had been assigned to provide security for a delegation of government officials from Kabul who were visiting the base Monday, according to Parwani.
"He got close to the foreign troops — three or four meters — and he opened fire," Parwani said. "Then the foreign troops killed him."
Line up the virgins, here comes another one!
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