February 1st, 2012
01:52 PM ET

Green on blue attacks personal, not Taliban-driven

A congressional panel Wednesday took up the uneasy topic of Afghan security forces turning on their international allies, incidents that have fueled mutual distrust at a critical juncture of the long-running conflict.

Rep. Buck McKeon, the California Republican who chairs the Armed Services Committee, said that existing security procedures failed to identify 42 attackers between 2007 and 2011; 39 of those attacks were by members of the Afghan National Security Force and three by contracted employees.

"This is 42 attacks too many, and the new process must do better," McKeon said.

That number did not include the latest incident, in which a man wearing an Afghan National Army uniform killed a coalition forces member in southern Afghanistan on Tuesday.

The panel heard testimony from four defense officials who laid out delicate issues pertaining to Afghan security forces, among them the vetting of Afghans brought onto coalition bases to provide security.

The defense officials said that in 58% of cases, the attackers were not puppets of insurgent groups but acted on their own accord, perhaps over a personal dispute.

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  1. ranger 830

    @mipolitic Roger that nation building is a joke!!! These people have been handed the golden opp. to leave the stone age and join the new world!!! However they refuse ,and thats their business ! It should not be our duty to hand hold these folks who dispise us and what we stand for,and try to mentor them into something they will never be!!! I say hit hard,hit fast and get outta dodge before they know what hit em!!!!!!! Enough of trying to civilize people who have no concept of the term!!!! RLTW.

    February 2, 2012 at 10:32 am | Reply
  2. mipolitic

    folks us in the west and other parts of the world think that if i am nice to you , you will be nice to me , thats how we were brought up , but in the big ugly world those rules do not apply. i would never have our troops mingle with the enemy any where in the world . if our troops are deployed than we own where we go, and we rule and the the enemy is challenged . there is no need for nation building and living in peoples back yards . get the bad guys and leave and the drone is doing a fine job of that. if you want troops to be peace makers , hire mother teresa . troops are to destroy enemies , ask storman norman. bush senior , colin powell . occupations always fail.

    February 1, 2012 at 5:13 pm | Reply

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