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Latest “Isolated Incident” Raises Death Toll to 15 NATO Troops Killed by Afghan Troops This Year

Reacting to the killing of two senior NATO officers inside the previously secure Interior Ministry building in Kabul, Presidential Press Secretary Jay Carney on February 27 continued to insist that the ongoing killing of NATO troops by Afghan troops is just a series of “isolated incidents”. This stance is necessary in order for Obama administration and Pentagon officials to continue their attempts to hide the retroactively classified report “A Crisis of Trust and Cultural Incompatibility” (pdf) which clearly describes the cultural barriers which contribute to the disturbing trend of green on blue killings. Sadly, today marks another “isolated incident”, with the killing of two more NATO soldiers by a man “in an Afghan army uniform”:

A man wearing an Afghan army uniform killed two NATO troops in southern Afghanistan on Monday, military officials said, the latest in a string of shootings that have undermined trust between allies.

The gunman was killed by NATO troops shortly after he opened fire on a group of foreign troops, the military said in a statement. A military spokesman said officials were investigating whether the man was an Afghan soldier or an infiltrator wearing the uniform. No other details were released.

So-called “green on blue” shootings have become a rising threat this year, following a series of incidents that have created distrust between Afghan forces and their international coalition partners. The most significant was last month’s burning of Korans by U.S. troops. The episode sparked violent riots and prompted the Taliban to call on Afghan security forces to open fire on foreign troops.

From Reuters, we get an update on the fratricide statistics, along with an observation on the importance of this trend:

Before Monday’s attack, 13 members of the NATO-led force had been killed this year in what appeared to be attacks by members of Afghan forces, the commander of U.S. and NATO forces, General John Allen, told a U.S. senate committee last week.

About 70 members of the NATO force have been killed in 42 insider attacks from May 2007 to January this year.

The shootings raise new concern about the reliability of Afghan forces and their ability to take over security responsibilities by the end of 2014, when most Western combat forces leave.

So far, there has been no indication from the Obama administration that the clearly increasing trend of fratricide or other catastrophic events like the Panjwai Massacre will prompt a review of strategy in Afghanistan until after the November election. However, there is a hint that the Pentagon realizes they now stand on the precipice, as the blood money paid to the survivors in Panjwai is significantly higher than what was paid in previous incidents in Iraq and Afghanistan: Continue reading

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emptywheel Why doesn't General Campbell know abt all the human rights investigations UN is doing in his theater?
bmaz @chrisgeidner @twitter Of course I have. And all of those are available. As are DM's and encrypted convo. Which makes Snapchat asinine.
bmaz Corollary, if your thoughts+images of life have meaning, you do not need an idiotic transitory medium like Snapchat
JimWhiteGNV RT @biasedreporter: @JimWhiteGNV one year after "end" of war, fighting is far from over in Afghanistan
bmaz If your words and images are not worth preserving, why utter an/of disseminate them? Snapchat is just stupid.
emptywheel @dametzger And FBI does. There are 4-5 NSA orders a year, 4-5 CIA ones, the rest are FBI's. @electrospaces
emptywheel @dametzger Once FBI collects it there's no access restrictions like there are for phone dragnet. @electrospaces
emptywheel @dametzger But that's all it's supposed to be used for (unlikely DEA which got used broadly). @electrospaces
JimWhiteGNV RT @garymlord: Question One: Why is the US military STILL in #Afghanistan? #Kunduz
emptywheel @dametzger Remember that 215 generally can be CT or Counterintel, which includes cyber. Plus Iran for the phone dragnet. @electrospaces
bmaz @chrisgeidner @twitter Since I have always found SnapChat to be an idiotic and useless pile of digital garbage, how am I being affected??
JimWhiteGNV I can only presume that @twitter feels that the biggest moment ever resulted in Harry Potter's lightning scar and that we will click on it.
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