Thursday, March 29, 2012

"Assassinations" of Allied Troops by Afghani Troops

A couple of weeks ago, I had posted a link to a statement by Michael Yon about the military covering up attacks by Afghani "allies" on American troops. Certainly these incidents don't get much air time in the U.S. media. In any event, here are a couple recent examples of these attacks.

For instance, this article from March 26 and 27, 2012 reports:
A mass suicide attack which was to target buses in the Afghan capital of Kabul has been foiled.

Intelligence officials seized 11 custom made 'suicide jackets' in the country's ministry of defence, less than a mile from the presidential palace.

Several Afghans, some reportedly soldiers in the Afghan National Army, were arrested and are now being questioned.

The discovery came on the same day two British servicemen were murdered by a renegade Afghan soldier who tried to trick his way into their fortified base. 
As the Royal Military Police began investigating yesterday’s tragedy, it emerged that the gunman went berserk after a row broke out at the entrance to the British military compound in Lashkar Gah, Helmand.

Lieutenant Gul Nazir is said to have arrived in an army vehicle with several men pretending to be assigned to guard a delegation of VIPs visiting the base.

But when he was challenged by guards and told to wait outside, he opened fire with an M16 semi-automatic rifle, killing the two men and wounding a third.
A U.S. Nato service member was also killed by an Afghan policeman yesterday at a checkpoint in eastern Afghanistan.
It further relates:
Fifteen Nato troops have been killed by their Afghan allies in the first three months of 2012 – one in six of all coalition dead.
On that point:
Yesterday’s killings are the third ‘green on blue’ attack in which Afghan security forces have murdered British servicemen.

On November 3, 2009, an Afghan policeman called Gulbuddin – who was angry after being repeatedly disciplined – slaughtered five UK troops with an AK47 as they relaxed following a patrol in the Nad-e Ali district of Helmand.

Six British soldiers and two Afghan policemen were wounded. UK military chiefs denied Taliban claims that Gulbuddin was working for them.

Then on July 13, 2010, three British troops were gunned down by an Afghan soldier after a row over bottled water.

Sergeant Talib Hussein, 23, who was being mentored by the 1st Battalion The Royal Gurkha Rifles, launched a machine-gun and grenade attack.

Relations between British and Afghan forces had flared when a Gurkha temple at the base was vandalised after an Afghan was reprimanded for taking bottles of chilled water.
Another story, also from March 27, 2012, reports:
. . . A US serviceman claims he was savagely gunned down by an Afghan National Army soldier while playing football outside a forward operating base in Afghanistan.

Three gunshot wounds ripped through his gut and hit 'pretty much every organ' in his torso. But miraculously, he survived and is making a speedy recovery at a US military hospital, he says.

He posted his unvarnished account of being badly wounded in a deliberate attack by one of his own 'allies' on the website Reddit and fielded dozens of questions from across the broad expanses of the Internet.

The man said he made the post to educate his fellow Americans about how dangerous and difficult the war in Afghanistan is proving because soldiers cannot trust the Afghans they are training to take over security in the country.

The authenticity of the man's account could not be verified -- he provided few details such as his unit name, the location of the forward operating base or the date he was wounded.

He and another soldier were both wounded. A third was killed in the shooting.

'I can say now, after being shot and losing a friend I hope we pull out ASAP,' he wrote.

* * *

He was playing football with several of his fellow-servicemen and about six Afghan National Army soldiers were watching the Americans.

Suddenly, one of the soldiers swung up his rifle and opened fire on the Americans.
Neither story indicates when Afghani President Karzai would be offering an abject apology for his troops murderous behavior, what steps they would be taking to investigate the incident, or if Afghanistan would be paying reparations to the families of the murdered and injured troops.

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