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At least two US troops killed by Afghan policeman

Published Aug 17, 2012 08:41am


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Afghan Police. — File Photo

KABUL: Two American soldiers were killed by a member of the Afghan local police Friday in a new “green-on-blue” attack, Nato said.

The deaths take to 39 the number of international troops killed in 28 such attacks so far this year, according to Nato figures.

The attack came a week after six American troops were killed in a single day by their local colleagues and will further erode trust between foreign troops and the Afghans they work with.

“Two US Forces-Afghanistan service members died this morning as a result of an insider threat attack in (western) Farah province,” the US-led International Security Assistance Force said.

“A member of the Afghan Local Police turned his weapon against two USFOR-A service members. The attacker was shot and killed.”

US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta said Tuesday he was “very concerned” about the rise in “insider attacks” and the impact they are having on cooperation with Afghan allies.

Some of the attacks are claimed by Taliban insurgents, who say they have infiltrated the ranks of Afghan security forces, but many are attributed to cultural differences and antagonism between local and US-led allied forces.

Nato has about 130,000 soldiers helping the Afghan government fight an insurgency by Taliban, but they are due to pull out in 2014 and are increasingly working with Afghans they are training to take over.


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Comments (6) Closed

JJayU Aug 17, 2012 11:13am
Afghans are Afghans, they will fight till the end of this world ...
Khan Aug 17, 2012 03:14pm
AFghanistan people are brave people will not let any foreigner to stay in their country
Abdullah Hussain Aug 17, 2012 11:56am
It is time all the foreign forces stationed in Afghanistan quit. Afghans in general prefer to live the tribal way. Instead of trying to change their concept of living they should be helped to better their tribal system. Since the time of invasion by the USSR all through the present nothing has changed in Afghan's way of thinking.
Syed Ahmed Aug 17, 2012 09:16am
Reminds me of the end days in Vietnam. Begs the question, why are foreign troops in Afghanistan or anywhere else in the world for that matter. Gung Ho troops, Boots on the Ground with the latest Automatic weapons and the order to fire at will assume God like powers and you the essage that you want to send through them is tat we are here to give you Democracy. Wake up. Get real. Get out!
Just Afghan Aug 17, 2012 08:00pm
Let the "ignorant about Afghans" learn it the hard way. The hardest they learn the longer they will remember.
dr ghulam Aug 18, 2012 02:27am
let afghans live their own way and decide their future.