Monday, October 1, 2012

Binocular Snapshot for 10/01/2012

3 NATO service members killed in Afghan suicide attack

"A suicide bomber driving a motorcycle packed with explosives rammed his bike into a patrol of Afghan and international forces on Monday morning in eastern Afghanistan, killing at least 14 people, including three NATO service members and their translator, officials said.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the blast, which came as relations between international forces and their Afghan partners have been pushed to the breaking point by a surge in insider attacks by Afghan allies.

The bomber struck a group of Afghan police and international troops shortly after they got out of their vehicles to walk through a market area in Khost city."

"Among the dead were four Afghan policemen, including the commander of a special unit called the Rapid Reaction Force, and an interpreter for the NATO-led force."

A local official speaking on condition of anonymity said the three dead NATO soldiers were Americans, who make up the bulk of the coalition force in Khost.

The attack came a day after two Americans — a soldier and a civilian contractor — were killed during an exchange of fire, apparently with Afghan forces.

The clash, in which three Afghan troops also were killed, may have been the result of a misunderstanding, officials said.

At least 52 foreign troops have been killed this year in so-called “insider attacks” by rogue Afghan forces.

The Taliban movement claimed responsibility for the attack"

"A foreign and Afghan force joint convoy was targeted this morning around 9 a.m. in the vicinity of the Khost governor’s office, while the soldiers were dismounted in the area, the attack was carried out with a suicide vest worn by one of our hero mujahid, named Shoiab Kunduzi."

It was the fourth suicide bombing in Khost Province in the last five months and the third in which the targets were in Khost City, the provincial capital, local officials said. Among the others were an attack near the gates of Camp Salerno, the major American base in the area, which is about five miles from the provincial capital, and an attack at a military checkpoint in the city. "

Afghan Army Sgt. Habibullah Hayar didn't know it, but he had been sleeping with his enemy for weeks

"Afghan soldiers and policemen — or militants in their uniforms — have gunned down more than 50 foreign troops so far this year, eroding the trust between coalition forces and their Afghan partners.
Private Thomas Wroe, 18, left, and Sergeant Gareth Thursby, 29, were shot and fatally wounded by a rogue Afghan Local Policeman in Check Point Tora in the Nahr-e-Saraj District of Helmand Province
Twenty days ago, one of his roommates was arrested for allegedly plotting an insider attack against their unit.

Which is partnered with NATO forces in eastern Paktia province.

"I'm mad as hell about them, to be honest with you,"

Gen. John Allen, the top commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan, told CBS' "60 Minutes" in an interview scheduled to be broadcast on Sunday.

"It reverberates everywhere across the United States. You know, we're willing to sacrifice a lot for this campaign, but we're not willing to be murdered for it."

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