Two senior US officers were shot dead inside Kabul's heavily fortified interior ministry on Saturday and at least six others died in street protests as another day of violence convulsed Afghanistan
"For obvious force protection reasons, I have ... taken immediate measures to recall all other Isaf personnel working in ministries in and around Kabul," said the Nato commander, General John Allen."
"The killings, which happened within one of the most tightly secured areas of the ministry, add to the drumbeat of concern about a deepening animosity between civilians and militaries on both sides that had led to American and coalition forces being killed in increasing numbers even before the Koran burning ignited nationwide rioting."
The killings on Saturday are only the latest chapter in the deteriorating relations between the Afghans and NATO, including an Afghan soldier’s recent killing of French troops that prompted the French to move up their withdrawal date, and outrage over a video that showed four American Marines urinating on bodies said to be those of Taliban fighters.
The Koran burning, however, has taken the animosity to a new level, eroding further the already attenuated trust between the Afghans and Americans. On Thursday, two American soldiers were shot to death by a member of the Afghan Army at a base in eastern Afghanistan, as protests about the Koran burning were raging outside the base.
“You look at this as clearly and objectively as you can, what you see is that we’re in a weaker position than we were maybe two or three or four weeks ago,” said the official, who asked not to be identified because he was discussing internal deliberations. “I’m not sure anyone knows the clear way forward. It’s gotten more and more complicated. It’s fraught.”
"After ten years of war, NATO has decided that the Afghan ministries it funds, and whose guards it has trained and armed, are too dangerous for its people."
The tinder of anger and humiliation is thick on the ground. And this is not just about Taliban supporters.
The simple fact is that after 10 years of war, hearts and minds have not been won. Legions of civilian and military advisers from Europe and the US, seeking to inculcate an outside political culture in the hearts of Afghans, have largely failed.
In my one brief trip to Afghanistan over a year ago, I met plenty of Afghans with no love for the Taliban who spoke of their distaste for the foreign presence."
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