Why are attacks by Afghan troops on NATO soldiers rising?
U.S. troops patrol Qalat, Afghanistan, earlier this month.
June 15th, 2011
08:22 AM ET

Why are attacks by Afghan troops on NATO soldiers rising?

In late November, U.S. soldiers were supervising artillery training for Afghan troops in Nangarhar province, close to the Pakistan border.

After they climbed a ridge to assess the impact area, an Afghan border policeman suddenly turned on them and opened fire.

Seconds later, six Americans and their assailant were dead.

It was one of the deadliest incidents of what the military call "green on blue" - a euphemism for attacks by members of the Afghan security forces on their allies in the international force known as ISAF.

They have risen sharply over the past year, raising fears that the Taliban are infiltrating the Afghan National Army and police force.

But military analysts and intelligence officials say the reality is more complicated.

The Taliban said they had recruited the border policeman, but his real motive was never established, and it transpired that he'd had an argument with his father over his choice of bride.

In an even deadlier incident, an Afghan air force officer shot dead eight U.S. Air Force personnel and a U.S. contractor at Kabul International Airport in March.

But there is little to suggest he was a Taliban infiltrator either.

According to a NATO analysis seen by CNN, "green on blue" attacks have killed 52 U.S. and allied soldiers since 2005, many of them in the past year.

The analysis concludes that combat stress provoked 36% of the attacks, even if the Taliban subsequently claimed responsibility.

In 23% cases, an Afghan soldier had been persuaded by the Taliban to carry out an attack - but the motive in an additional 32% of cases was unknown.

A senior intelligence official involved in NATO's training program told CNN that "battlefield conditions and frequent deployments are the leading causes" of such incidents.

"When you are in the mountains for months, you've just had enough," he said.

The official said cultural differences over the handling of weapons and the attitude of western soldiers to Afghan women can exacerbate tensions.

Coalition officers often reprimand their Afghan colleagues for lax control of weaponry, and that can breed resentment.

Some incidents defy explanation.

In late 2008, an Afghan soldier liked and relied upon by his U.S. comrades in Wardak province suddenly turned his gun on them and shot two dead before fleeing.

He was never found.

For the Taliban, infiltration is a cheap tactic and one they boast about.

Beyond the incidents, it sows mistrust and apprehension on a wider scale among troops who should be cooperating.

As the struggle against the Taliban reaches its climax, military analysts say a growing "insider threat" could be disruptive.

For example, after three German soldiers were shot dead by an Afghan soldier this year, some of their comrades refused to go on patrol with their Afghan counterparts, according to the magazine Spiegel.

Earlier this month, Lt. Gen. William Caldwell, the commander of the NATO training mission, admitted recent incidents "erode the hard-earned trust that is required for an effective partnership."

But the senior intelligence official told CNN that the insurgents' efforts to infiltrate Afghan security forces had not so far yielded much of a dividend and wasn't anywhere near the top concerns facing ISAF.

He pointed out that the 52 coalition deaths caused by Afghan security personnel were a small percentage of nearly 2,000 "hostile fatalities" between 2005 and 2011.

Other estimates are higher - but include killings by Afghan contractors and incidents of "impersonation," where an insurgent launches an attack disguised as a soldier or policeman.

Police and military uniforms are easy to come by in Afghanistan. In one incident this year, a soldier passed on a uniform and identification to a suicide bomber who attacked a military hospital in Kabul. Six people were killed.

One reason "green on blue" attacks have risen is because there's more interaction between U.S. and Afghan soldiers as the latter take on more responsibility.

There are about 290,000 Afghans in uniform. The number of joint military patrols has increased drastically, exceeding 10,000 last year.

Among measures being taken to prevent such attacks, commanders are told to ensure Afghan troops who've been in combat are getting adequate rest; and coalition officers are being taught to watch for warning signs.

More U.S. counter-intelligence officers are being deployed to Afghanistan to help with screening recruits and reviewing the profiles of serving soldiers.

The recruiting process now includes eight steps.

A recruit's application must be supported by two letters from community elders.

Gradually a nationwide database of Afghan security forces is being compiled based on biometric information.

Some fifty Afghans at the Interior Ministry, helped by the FBI, are populating the database. The objective is to screen out anyone with a criminal record or links to the insurgency.

The process of vetting and biometrically enrolling the records of nearly 300,000 Afghan security forces will be completed this year, according to a NATO training mission document compiled in February.

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  1. War Veteran

    it is funny how everyone criticized and talked about the job that WE the Soldiers, Marines, Sailors and Airmen are doing out here. If you haven't been out here, then don't talk, just SHUT THE FUCK UP. Idiots like you that loves to talk but can not even pick up a rifle and hold the line for your own country. We made progress in both Iraq and Afghanistan. so what, there is always those power hungry people that will pop in and start something. overall, we did what we needed to do, despite the reason why we're here. So, please do me a favor, go back to school or get your facts straight before you start talking about our work. I loss lots of friends in this war and am proud they did something that 99 percent of Americans refuse to do, but to sit at home and enjoy their freedom and ignore the men/women that gave them that right. stop being selfish and support the troops, even if you don't like this war. You voted for our country's leaders, it was your fault too, for electing them. I apologize if I offended anyone, but that is the truth my the guy so saw all kinds of action and have lots of close-call in combat. Don't support the war, support the troops. For those who supported us since day one, thank you for your endless support. We appreciates every thing our fellow Americans back home sent for us out here. God Bless all and God Bless the USA!!!

    June 20, 2011 at 1:37 am | Reply
  2. the_dude

    Why are we still there? There must be some alien spacecraft that everyone is looking for that is the only explanation as to why we are there and why they wont carpet bomb the entire place. Either al alien spacecraft or the us government is importing heroin. No other eplanations

    June 15, 2011 at 7:13 pm | Reply
    • Smart

      Duh the oil, we've built the largest military base ever over there oil and have been doing everything we can to take it, why do you think this country is so hated! In the mean time were using human life (military men/women) to gain power over them HELLO!!

      June 15, 2011 at 8:03 pm | Reply
      • Ed Green

        Smart, get your facts straight. There is no oil in Afghanistan. Afghanistan imports all of the fuel they consume from Iran and Pakistan. They do have a lot of mineral resources but not enough technology to recover even a fraction. But your statement tells me that you don't care enough to learn the facts before mindlessly blathering to everyone you know your version of the truth. It is people like you that make our job in Afghanistan more difficult than it all ready is.

        June 15, 2011 at 10:58 pm |
  3. Amrullah Yousafzai in Mingora, Swat

    Why couldn't all Afghan girls be like her?
    [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3JfggTjKmUk&w=640&h=360]
    The war would be over if they could be.

    June 15, 2011 at 6:37 pm | Reply
    • Ben D.

      Who knows maybe all women in Afghanistan are like that, but we'll never know unless the government lets them take off their burkas...

      June 15, 2011 at 9:02 pm | Reply
  4. Edwin

    We've got Air and Sea supierority... whats with the head on head.... if we use presision, bomb the living hell outta them... if they cheat in through afghan allies, we can cheat even better and harder through distance.... Let the navy do what they do best and save us the casualties, PLEASE!!!!!!!

    June 15, 2011 at 4:20 pm | Reply
    • Rog

      It's hardly that simply. Just who do you 'precision bomb' when the attacker has blended in with the local population? A bomb can't distinguish people if they are literally standing side by side.

      June 15, 2011 at 8:25 pm | Reply
  5. Edwin

    THANK YOU AaRON....

    June 15, 2011 at 4:13 pm | Reply
  6. Edwin

    all i have to say is this and we will have another enemy... Great, simple, easy to remember

    June 15, 2011 at 4:09 pm | Reply
  7. Aaron

    I don't want to undermine the service of our boys and girls in the military. We love and appreciate you, but given the current political weather we can do a lot more to fight terrorism by getting out of there. Let the Navy bomb the hell out of our enemies. Boot on the ground is not the way to fight a crazy ideology. We're just making it worse for ourselves.

    June 15, 2011 at 3:32 pm | Reply
    • Ed Green

      Aaron, the reason why we are fighting in Afghanistan is so we don't have to fight in St. Louis, Omaha and Des Moines. As long as the people in Afghanistan are too uneducated to understand the modern world, they will be used by Al Qaeda and their ilk as a source of manpower and a safe haven. We must educate the children and grandchildren of those Afghans born today in order to change their world. It will take 40 years or more, but unless we are willing to do this, we will face attack after attack in our own back yards. If you are too short sighted to understand this, please don't vote in the next election. Let people who actually have some idea what reality is like do the decision making for you.

      June 15, 2011 at 11:04 pm | Reply
  8. j

    Dear Trace,
    You are a racist and an idiot as well. The afghan people are a people who cannot leave their country because they do not have the means or capabilities o leave, they are living their lives in fear of their lives between U.S. drone strikes and the taliban suicide bombers and snipers. The taliban are a group of of many people of many natonalities (including American and European even Asians) who's goal is to use their lives as a way of completing a "larger task for the better good" (i.e. suicide bombers) in order to join Allah in the land flowing of milk and honey with the prospect of seventy virgins that renew each new moon (if you are muslim). So if I have not made my point of your idiotic statement and how you are racist I don't know what else will.

    June 15, 2011 at 2:29 pm | Reply
    • James

      actually anyone is oppressed allows themselves to be because the oppressed generally largely outnumber the oppressor, furthermore Afganistan has some of the most wealthy people in the region because of the opium trade, that is why they choose to stay there, so before you talk, learn something other than this notion that people are victims of the circumstances because it is really rather pathetic excuse for mediocrity and failure..

      June 15, 2011 at 2:45 pm | Reply
    • James

      In the words of John Adams, "Men need strong governence"

      I will doubtless be called a racist but the truth is that perhaps the reason why many of these places never had democracy and never asked for it is because they did not want it...

      June 15, 2011 at 2:48 pm | Reply
  9. Guy

    Total war or no war. Either scorched earth or get the F out. Seriously. I was considering signing up for the military when I got out of high school but looking back on it 8 years later I am glad I didn't. To many wimps in our government not willing to make tough decisions.

    Cut the budget, carpet bomb afghanistan, shut down the border and drill like crazy. That or raise the debt ceiling, pussyfoot around in Afghanistan, grant amnesty to all illegal aliens and buy all of our oil from our enemies.

    Choose one and commit.

    June 15, 2011 at 2:27 pm | Reply
  10. RedLeg6

    We are training them to kill us.

    June 15, 2011 at 2:11 pm | Reply
  11. jorge washinsen

    We can more effectively fight terrorism, and cheaper, where the real danger is. The USA.

    June 15, 2011 at 2:04 pm | Reply
    • James

      except that there is no coordinated global network of terrorists with sophisticated technology and who have one hundred agents in every little sleepy town in America. There are radical islamic communities that do not answer to local governments but practice sharia law within thier own little bits of land, but that is not legal for them to do. They have no alliegence within the united states therefor cannot exist within it without adhering it its laws.

      The true terrorism of our time is the relentless attack on freedom and fun by our own government and its political ally's abroad.

      June 15, 2011 at 2:42 pm | Reply
  12. JP

    WOW – that is sickening – as a NATO soldier you are thinking you are working together with the natives to help them gain back a Country they can live in peacefully.... THEN WAM – they shoot you dead, THANKS FOR COMING OUT.
    We really need to bring the soldiers home and leave the middle east to handle their own cultural/religious differences. Really in all honesty does it matter to us in North America how they live? There wouldn't have been a 9/11 if the USA didn't continue in the middle east after Desert Storm. We have the technologies to reduce our reliability on fossil fuels, so why not spend the money an effort to do so?? Bottom line is we all need to remain in our own back yards until we can get along with one another or we will wake up one morning soon and read what we all dread – the start of a nuke war. Peace out

    June 15, 2011 at 1:51 pm | Reply
    • Steve

      The industrial-military complex searched far and wide to find a new enemy after the collapse of the Soviet Union. The Chinese wouldn't bite, so they invented the terrorist. We gave money to the Saudi King for his oil. He established the jihadist schools in Pakistan. The Saudis also attacked New York on 9-11. Still Bush eliminated Sadam becaus Sadam was a treat to the Saudis. Even today the Saudis are financing the mess in Pakistan and Afghanistan. Our dirty leaders.

      June 15, 2011 at 2:14 pm | Reply
      • Lee Oates

        We need to encourage the Saudi people to revolt against the Saudi Royal Family.

        June 15, 2011 at 2:37 pm |
  13. Eternal Bliss

    UH.. DUH!!!.. cause Afghan troops are still Afghan!.. and no Afghan wants any such foreign presence in Afghanistan telling them what to do or not do.... that simply doesn't work with Pashtun tribal ways...

    June 15, 2011 at 1:45 pm | Reply
  14. ronpaulfor2012

    If you look at the list of names of the US warmongers, you know 80% of them belong to one tribe and the rest work for the tribe.

    June 15, 2011 at 1:43 pm | Reply
  15. Ralph in Orange Park, FL

    Afghanization is not going well. Eventually, to prevent further damage to the US military, we will have to withdraw; hopefully after some sort of face saving agreement with a decent interval between the withdrawal and when the Taliban take the country back.

    June 15, 2011 at 1:40 pm | Reply
  16. ronpaulfor2012

    Ron Paul / Kucinich for 2012!

    June 15, 2011 at 1:39 pm | Reply
    • mitch

      hahahahahahaha

      June 15, 2011 at 5:52 pm | Reply
  17. Ken in NC

    If you bring our troops home and put them on our southern border, we will walk on patrols with them and there will be no turning on our own troops. In fact I would not be at all surprised to hear of a private citizen taking a bullet in an effort to save one of our troops. We fight among ourselves like cats and dogs but don't come and jump on us unless you want a united violent a$$ whipping.

    June 15, 2011 at 1:30 pm | Reply
  18. Ron

    Bin Laden’s goal was to provoke the U.S. into fighting a war in the Middle-east. Bush and the right-wingers obliged by starting two. It certainly makes sense since it is a lot easier to kill Americans if they are walking around your neighborhood and not home safe in America.

    Bin Laden also hoped to bankrupt the U.S. Again, Bush and the right-wingers obliged.

    Bin Laden thought the West should pay more for oil too; he figured $140 per barrel was fair. Bush, the Oil President, only partially obliged so to be fair he and the right-wingers only pushed the price that high for a short period of time. Of course, we are still engaged in Bushes wars, and Oil Company profits are growing exponentially so if there is any reason they need more cash they will certainly fulfill bin Laden’s last wish.

    June 15, 2011 at 1:29 pm | Reply
    • Eternal Bliss

      Good points.. but from what your saying.. i dont think bin laden "wanted" these things.. for motive.. look to those whom profit.. its more like he was the one obliging...the one's with the bigger guns are usually giving the orders.. even if it doesn't appear so..

      June 15, 2011 at 1:49 pm | Reply
    • another Ron

      okay, another typical liberal response. It wasn't just Bush and the right wingers. It took both side's to vote on both wars. And it passed by majority. When it became unpopular is when the Dem's started pointing fingers at the Repub's. And the Dem's had control of the house at that time. Pull your head out!

      June 15, 2011 at 1:54 pm | Reply
      • mitch

        Bush's administration pushed the war like crazy. there's tons of documentaries on it take your pic. true everyone voted on it but the country was lied to and led into a war

        June 15, 2011 at 5:55 pm |
  19. Lee Oates

    Think of it this way. If China invaded the US, who would be the good guys, the people who cooperated with the Chinese Authoriities, or the people who fought back? Would the patriots be considered "Terrorist"? We have invaded Afganistan, killed a lot of people, replaced their government with corrupt American puppets, and totally destroyed their infrastructure setting the country back 100 years at least. We have done exactly what the Russians tried to do. Are we any better? We did the same in Iraq and in Vietnam. We did not learn a thing from Vietnam. We have become the greatest threat to world peace in our scramble for resources vital for our way of life.

    June 15, 2011 at 12:56 pm | Reply
    • Rob

      "Our way of life" = making the world safe for Zion.

      June 15, 2011 at 1:03 pm | Reply
    • Akbar

      Lee Oates
      You said it brother

      June 15, 2011 at 1:13 pm | Reply
    • Harold Trainer, USAF RET

      Get out now. Quit sending money to foreign nations and bring all our troops home from foreign nations and use the money at home and to pay down debt.

      June 15, 2011 at 1:14 pm | Reply
      • Lee Oates

        Exactly.

        June 15, 2011 at 1:22 pm |
    • Yakobi.

      Think of it this way. Lee, you're an idiot.

      Not only can you not come up with an adequate analogy, you would have us not respond to being attacked on 9/11.

      June 15, 2011 at 1:28 pm | Reply
      • Lee Oates

        Perhaps we could have asked the world for help and treated it as a crime rathen than threatening the entire world over the actions of a group of CIA operatives who went into a religious frenzy and turned on their trainers. We saw the chance to grab land and resources and went for it. Maybe your the idiot for following along with the mob.

        June 15, 2011 at 2:29 pm |
    • John

      Hmmm, didn’t the Taliban harbor the people who attacked the US on 911? Maybe its Allah's will that we invaded Afghanistan and people have died.

      June 15, 2011 at 1:30 pm | Reply
    • Steve

      Lee, Google the Philippine-American war (1898-1912). The US forces commited more atrocities against the Philippine people then you can imagine. Burning villages, killing every man, woman and child. Just because they wanted to be free from US occupation. Mi Lai in Vietnam was a picnic compared to them. Nothing is new.

      June 15, 2011 at 2:22 pm | Reply
      • Lee Oates

        Excellent point.

        June 15, 2011 at 2:33 pm |
    • Lawdoc

      You are an idiot and know nothing of history. Afghanistan was destroyed by the Soviets and then by the civil war. Kabul was in ruins and barely a smoking pile of stinking rubble by the time the cruise missiles started to fly after 911. Most of the dead in Afghanistan are the transplanted Afghan Arabs- Al Quieda- and the Taliban- Pakistani invaders not innocent Afghans.

      Most Afghans were happy the U.S. aided the Northern Alliance forces to get rid of the oppressive Taliban.

      Get your history straight.

      June 15, 2011 at 3:25 pm | Reply
      • mitch

        you almost got your history right there big shot. the Afghans welcomed NATO help at the begining because it was Afghanis who were taking back there own country ie the northern alliance. it was supported by small units of special forces like seals, and deltas and sas and the CIA. they had two thirds of afghanistan conquered this way and barely missed bin laden when the war department and generals at home got antsy and sent in unnecessarily large numbers of troops. thats when the war turned against us.

        June 15, 2011 at 6:02 pm |
      • mitch

        they like us when we helped THEM take back there OWN country THEMSELVES. is what i'm saying basically. and why don't you look up some credible figures. most casualties in every war since ww1 have been mostly innocent civilians. and Kabul was hardly a "stinking pile of rubble." seriously. it doesn't take armies to overthrow governments. we did it tons in south america during the cold war. the cia essentially overthrew tons of different governments and replaced basically all of them with dictators rather than them being communist.

        get your history strait

        June 15, 2011 at 6:06 pm |
  20. Zorn

    Resistance against invasion. What's not to like?

    At least Moslems fight invaders, while Christians welcome them into their countries with open arms.

    Keep it coming, Talibs.

    June 15, 2011 at 12:47 pm | Reply
    • Yakobi.

      Go join your terrorist buddies if you admire them so much, coward.
      I'd love to air drop you into North Waziristan to see how long you would last.

      June 15, 2011 at 1:30 pm | Reply
  21. Johnna

    The Afganies, like the Pakistanis cannot be trusted, never have and never will be trusted. As these cultures would sell their mothers for a few cents or less. With no education for the majority of them (thank the religious leaders for that mess) they are basically sheep to be herded by their self-righteous leaders, who in order to stay in power keep their sheep ignorant and blind to the world. Islam is the root of all evil and should be abolished world wide as should all religions.

    June 15, 2011 at 12:43 pm | Reply
    • John

      I feel the same toward the Afghans and Pakistanis. However, I feel that your wish for the abolition of Freedom of Religion only makes you a greater nut job than either one of them.

      June 15, 2011 at 12:53 pm | Reply
    • Lee Oates

      Your a complete racist nut, and its people like you that create and sustain hatred between religions and culture. When the world finally reacts with total war as a result of programed hatred, will you live long enough to realize what you have done?

      June 15, 2011 at 1:02 pm | Reply
      • Chiller54

        Ethnic/religious groups have always fought each other for living space and resources. Prodding by "racists" has nothing to do with it.

        June 15, 2011 at 1:05 pm |
  22. Bill Nye The Science Guy

    Bunch of Camel riding, lazy, dirty sand nigs. Shoot on site. Let Allah sort them out lol

    June 15, 2011 at 12:31 pm | Reply
    • Steve

      Bunch of lazy car-driving Americans. At least camels don't use gasoline.

      June 15, 2011 at 2:27 pm | Reply
  23. Shahidul Islam

    Good work of the CNN. Keep out mentioning Islamic Religion from discussion.

    June 15, 2011 at 11:21 am | Reply
    • Reality

      Religion has just about nothing to with any of this conflict compared to the degree the OPIUM/HEIROIN trade has.

      June 15, 2011 at 1:05 pm | Reply
  24. BigWhiteDog

    This was a problem in Vietnam over 30 years ago and we still haven't learned!

    June 15, 2011 at 11:20 am | Reply
    • theblackdog

      oh, we did. we learned to not withdraw this time. we will sit in this quagmire for as long as needed. however unfruitful it maybe.

      June 15, 2011 at 12:38 pm | Reply
  25. Solution

    What a useless people. Can we just kill them already. We're going to just have to repeat this process again anyway after the next 9/11 or Mumbai type attack- which will come from Afghanistan or Pakistan. That entire region needs to be exterminated; starting with the Pashtuns.

    June 15, 2011 at 11:04 am | Reply
    • Brian

      Ok Hitler.

      June 15, 2011 at 11:10 am | Reply
    • abd

      why don't they just kill you and you will not hear such news any more, what a fagit

      June 15, 2011 at 11:21 am | Reply
      • Vader

        And sexual preference plays in the content of the comment... how?

        June 15, 2011 at 11:27 am |
    • George

      ZEIG HEIL MEIN FURHER !!

      June 15, 2011 at 12:04 pm | Reply
    • TC

      I'm going to pray for you. You need it.

      June 15, 2011 at 12:19 pm | Reply
    • RJ

      hmmm... interesting perspective Solution. you don't crazy at all.

      June 15, 2011 at 12:20 pm | Reply
    • Bill Nye The Science Guy

      I agree, Kill them all.

      June 15, 2011 at 12:29 pm | Reply
      • Retired Marine

        You are all a bunch of dimwits. If this was an easy task then we would have let NATO do it alone. The occupation of Afghanistan is necessary to protect OUR way of life. Lest we live in fear of another 9-11. Sure it will happen again but not by those bastards, there will be a whole new set of have nots to dish it our next time. All we can do is support our military and our government and pray they do the right thing by us and vote them out, if not.

        June 15, 2011 at 1:43 pm |
      • abd

        I hope the closest person in your life will get killed so that you will understand the meaning of what you are saying.

        June 15, 2011 at 2:48 pm |
    • Lee Oates

      The ignorance here is unbelieveable. This is why the US is falling so rapidly. I think you people missed your Clan meeting.

      June 15, 2011 at 1:09 pm | Reply
    • Khan

      Mr Solution it is people like you Indians that Pakistan created these talibans... and it works every time thats why you mentioned pashtoons (Too Scared?).... and in what way are you comparing 911 to mumbai attacks??? u must be out of your mind...

      June 15, 2011 at 2:00 pm | Reply
    • abd

      If you want to go and kill all of them that doesn't make you better than them, if you have the right to kill them then they have the right to kill you and rape your sister and wife

      June 15, 2011 at 2:14 pm | Reply
  26. Eric O'Dare

    I don't understand why the steps of making a database for the 300,000 Afghani forces wasn't done years ago, these people have proven themselves as untrustworthy for years. For us to have the military we have, we are slacking in intelligence? We are behind on thinking and need to get ahead of the game. I would tighten the reigns on Afghanistan and its leaders to stop the killing of so called "allies" or face Iraqi consequences. It's time to get tough and put an end to this once and for all. I'm not kissing butt to people who do not care who lives or dies.

    June 15, 2011 at 10:35 am | Reply
    • Reality

      The last time the CIA created a database in Afganistan, it turned into Al Quida = the base. The Direct translation of Al Quida is The Base, refereing to the Data Base created by the CIA of Muja Haidein the trained that turned into Al Quida.

      June 15, 2011 at 1:09 pm | Reply
      • Yakobi.

        Wow, you really are "out there". Check your tinfoil hat for leaks, buddy.
        Tell me, do you believe ALL conspiracy theories you read on the internet?

        June 15, 2011 at 1:32 pm |
  27. Paul

    Easy one. Always have a soldier assigned to "discipline" duty. At all interactions with AFG troops, a soldier is always looking at the "Allies", prepared to take action. Always place a troop at the tail of a patrol to watch to AFG. The old saying we used to have was "F me? No F you!"

    June 15, 2011 at 10:33 am | Reply
  28. Traidenis

    Could it be that the Afghanis do not want us there?

    June 15, 2011 at 10:31 am | Reply
    • Brian

      No way, couldn't be!! If Chinese or Russian soldiers were occupying the USA, we would certainly welcome them with open arms!

      June 15, 2011 at 11:08 am | Reply
      • Yakobi.

        Dufus, if they were helping us fight Islamo-fascists bent on destroying our way of life, murdering our leaders, blowing up our schools, throwing acid on children, etc. you bet we'd welcome them!

        June 15, 2011 at 1:35 pm |
    • Frontrow

      They don't want us there, but they are the country that harboured those responsible for 911. But yes we should be leaving pretty quick, which supposedly we are.

      June 15, 2011 at 12:21 pm | Reply
      • jorge washinsen

        We should get out ,and come home with our military, before it is too late to even save this country from the invasion of trouble makers. Our danger is here not thousands of miles away.

        June 15, 2011 at 2:02 pm |
    • jjb

      I agree
      if someone’s loved ones were killed by NATO or US soldiers (accident or not) i can understand how things like this happen, even if that someone previously had no beef with the US or NATO
      War is bad

      June 15, 2011 at 12:44 pm | Reply
  29. Gene

    It is long since time to get the h3!! out of that dungheap country. It's stuck in the Middle Ages for a reason.....the people like it that way. Pull out but put it on the list of nuclear targets in case someone gets cute and tries to pull another 9/11. We have lost too many good people and too much desperately needed money on this latrine long enough! They want to live like animals, let them.

    June 15, 2011 at 10:26 am | Reply
  30. JOE

    That's because ten years later John Boehner and the Republican Party is yet to define their mission in Afghanistan. Some people may say that the Democratic Party also supported the war in Afghanistan but while that is true, there's a difference. The Democratic Party supported a joint mission to go after Al Qaeda in Afghanistan but what the Democratic Party did not support is a scheme and a lie about non existent WMD's to abandon the Afghan war and wage an illegitimate Iraqi war sponsored and designed by the Republican Party.

    June 15, 2011 at 10:24 am | Reply
    • Lee Oates

      Good point.

      June 15, 2011 at 1:16 pm | Reply
    • Yakobi.

      You're confused in your nuttery.
      The democrats–including Hillary–voted to go to war in Iraq. Even Obama, in his brief stint as a senator, voted to fund the Iraq war. All governments involved–remember, it wasn't just us–believed there were WMDs. So did Bill Clinton.
      Only fools such as yourself and your parrot Lee Oats can say with a straight face these were strictly republican wars.
      Pull your head out. The view isn't very good up there.

      June 15, 2011 at 1:41 pm | Reply
  31. Spc Morales(US ARMY)

    I beg to differ there is a huge diffrence between taliban and afghan people, for instance the taliban are just a group of terrorist people bent on the death of american or coalition forces.Now al qaida not afghan people are strategic fighters they infiltrate and perform more precise attacks and try to disrupt the countries cohesion with the united states and allied forces. ,

    June 15, 2011 at 10:22 am | Reply
  32. ISAF

    I suggest that the US (specially), do the same as the germans suggested doing...or else, suffer more deaths. Train them under supervision between four walls and let them patrol on their own, any resposibility will rely on each platoon leader. It would simply be less tense.

    June 15, 2011 at 10:19 am | Reply
  33. Guest

    You have to remember that thousands of Afghanis have been killed during this war, and that the liklihood that any given soldier was related to, or knew someone that was killed is very high. Out of a pool of 290,000 Afghani soldiers it's not surprising that a few lose it.

    June 15, 2011 at 10:17 am | Reply
  34. Ran45

    This is one of the many reasons why we need to get out of Afghanistan. Two nights ago at the GOP debate the only person to advocate a complete withdrawal was Ron Paul. Ron Paul 2012 for peace and prosperity!1

    June 15, 2011 at 10:07 am | Reply
    • Yakobi.

      I hope Ron Paul runs every 4 years until he dies. It sure makes it easy to spot the loons who support this nutjob!

      June 15, 2011 at 1:43 pm | Reply
  35. Trace

    I don't buy that its stress and not sympathy. There's no difference between the Taliban and the Afghan people... they are the same

    June 15, 2011 at 10:00 am | Reply

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