Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Binocular Snapshot for 02/01/2012


LastDayWatchers the failures will continue to show themselves as

A man in an Afghan National Army uniform killed a NATO service member in southern Afghanistan, once again bringing a disturbing issue to center stage in the long Asian war -- attacks by local security forces against coalition troops

"The incident took place Tuesday when the man "turned his weapon against an International Security Assistance Force service member," an ISAF statement said.


"We believe that they do appear to be increasing in frequency in recent months," Pentagon spokesman John Kirby told reporters in January. "We've seen the numbers increase in recent months, certainly."


Last year, an Afghan air force officer killed eight American airmen and a security contractor.


The Afghan air force officer, Ahmed Gul, had declared his desire to kill Americans, behaved erratically at work and frequented a mosque known for its anti-American views, according to a U.S. Air Force investigation into the incident.


A NATO analysis last year found 52 U.S. and allied soldiers had been killed in "green on blue" attacks between 2005 and June of 2011."

"Last month, an Afghan soldier shot and killed four French soldiers on a base in eastern Afghanistan, prompting France to break with its NATO allies and accelerate the French withdrawal from Afghanistan. It is pulling back combat troops a year early, by the end of 2013."

In an earlier episode, in December, two French soldiers were killed by a man wearing an Afghan uniform, who was shot dead.


The increasing number of killings of coalition service members by Afghan soldiers has contributed to the uneasy sense that after 10 years of war even supposedly sympathetic Afghans would like to see the foreigners leave the country.


Another official, Gen. Sayed Malook, an Afghan commander, said that in the initial investigation the soldier who carried out the shooting said it was not intentional."

"With the 2014 deadline looming and the insurgency still far from defeated, many Afghans worry that it’s only a matter of time before instability even worse than the current situation grips the nation."

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