Report details military approach to ‘insider attacks’ amid success
November 1st, 2012
07:35 PM ET

Report details military approach to ‘insider attacks’ amid success

By Larry Shaughnessy

A new report details the military's approach for countering so-called insider attacks in Afghanistan, which remain a concern but have declined over the past month.

The Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction said in a periodic update to Congress that the U.S. military and its partners in the region have taken four steps to address the problem that triggered concerns about the stability of Afghan security forces ahead of planned NATO withdrawals in 2014.

The plan involves enhanced training that emphasizes cultural awareness, counterintelligence techniques, vigilance, and real-time information sharing as well as implementing a "guardian angel" program, in which one or more coalition troops remain armed and ready when working with Afghan counterparts.

The plan also expands vetting and counter-intelligence operations and efforts to analyze attack patterns.

The Afghan defense ministry also took steps to help reduce the problem by going back and rechecking each service member's background to make sure there was no indications they might one day turn their guns on their brothers in arms.

This year through the end of September, 38 insider attacks killed 53 troops in Afghanistan, including 33 Americans, according to Pentagon spokesman Cmdr. William Speaks. The number spiked in August to 15 fatalities, which included a dozen U.S. forces.

There have been no confirmed attacks since September 29, Speaks said, but some incidents are under investigation.

And earlier this week, a man wearing an Afghan police uniform shot and killed two British soldiers in an apparent "green on blue" attack.

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  1. Jason Viper

    As for "fragging", simple solution, boot all Muslims from our Armed Forces and don't let any in. There, I said it. Tired of the PC b.s. Catering to whiney groups so as not to hurt their feelings will be the downfall of our great country. You can't stand for anything when you cater to everyone.

    November 5, 2012 at 10:32 am | Reply
  2. mmi16

    Afgahns and the Taliban have to be the dumbest cultures on the face of the planet.

    November 4, 2012 at 1:23 am | Reply
    • Smokey

      And yet they've somehow defeated both of the great modern superpowers, within 25 years. How?

      November 4, 2012 at 11:46 pm | Reply
      • Duoh

        There are no winners in war. This isn't a game. All objections have been met by the US, except for the final one, with drawl. That is only a matter of time.

        November 5, 2012 at 8:37 am |
  3. krm1007 ©™

    When people see skies of blue..... I see clouds of white Smokes
    Bright blessed days for all....I find dark scary nights
    And I think to myself .....what an awful place called Pakistan.

    November 3, 2012 at 8:11 pm | Reply
    • Dennis

      Did you even take time to read the article?...Afghanistan,not Pakistan.

      November 4, 2012 at 3:07 pm | Reply
  4. Mom

    My only son just left for a year tour in Afghanistan as an instructor to the Afghanis. He does not want to kill anyone. He just wants to impart to the Afghanis the needed highly technical skills that he has been trained in and come back in a year to his wife and child. I'm hoping that he will be assigned a very alert "guardian angel".

    November 3, 2012 at 7:20 pm | Reply
  5. siloef6

    she keeps it pumpin straight to my heart

    November 3, 2012 at 1:34 pm | Reply
  6. saeed

    whats needed is for russia to drop a nuke on ireland burn down every child to burning ashes after all ireland has over 15 percent unemployment so lets kill them of.

    November 2, 2012 at 5:22 pm | Reply
    • Leif

      What is needed is smart people to drop a smart bomb on stupid people. Get in line.

      November 3, 2012 at 6:37 am | Reply
      • sir

        you might as ell get in line fella.

        November 3, 2012 at 10:09 am |
    • Dennis

      Saeed,you are yet another misinformed Islamic moron.The article is about insider attacks on coalition troops.Where did the idea of "bombing Ireland because of high unemployment" filter into your brain?..or do you even have a brain?

      November 4, 2012 at 3:10 pm | Reply
  7. rp1588

    These aren't insider attacks. The foreign invaders being attacked are outsiders.

    The problem is easy for the troops to solve, if only they have the courage to do it. Shoot their generals and go home. If that doesn't work, do the colonels, and so on.

    Note the Afghans do have at least this level of courage, but US troops routinely demand that civilians be far braver than themselves.

    November 2, 2012 at 2:44 pm | Reply
    • Bill Duke

      Pakistani/Taliban are the outsiders in Afghanistan.

      November 2, 2012 at 5:40 pm | Reply
    • jon

      The US military has all but totally crushed the taliban presence in Afganistan. With the enemy either dead or fleeing into Pakistan CLEARLY the next appropirate step is to shoot your own people and try to run away. Thanks for the tactical advice....

      November 3, 2012 at 3:30 am | Reply
    • Smokey

      Plus most of these attackers aren't even in the Afghan military/police, they're insurgents who buy the uniforms in market or steal them from American trucks en route to theater.

      November 4, 2012 at 11:51 pm | Reply
  8. Duc749

    "... in which one or more coalition troops remain armed and ready when working with Afghan counterparts."

    Here's a genius idea – how about EVERYONE is "armed and ready when working with Afghan counterparts." We're the military for christs-sake. EVERYONE expects us to be "armed and ready"! Why are we being targeted? BECAUSE WE'RE NOT "ARMED AND READY"!

    Would-be attackers wouldn't be so bold if those they were attacking COULD SHOOT BACK. Enough with the cute and cuddly approach to WAR. The Afghans can be trained just as well when I'm holding a rifle as they can when I'm not. We'd probably get alot more respect from that part of the world if we stopped the "did I hurt your feelings" approach to training and started stomping a** like we do with our own recruits and officer candidates!

    November 2, 2012 at 2:21 pm | Reply
  9. Johnna

    I hope the guardian angels have their guns drawn and safeties off!

    November 2, 2012 at 1:04 pm | Reply
  10. krm1007 ©™

    “I see skies of blue..... clouds of white
    Bright blessed days....dark sacred nights
    And I think to myself .....what a wonderful world.

    But when I look to the east or west… I see Indian Hindus and a medieval cultural sight
    And I think to myself …. what a terrible plight…a terrible blight.
    And I say to myself … let us show it the light….let us fight decadent India with all our might.”

    November 2, 2012 at 9:08 am | Reply
  11. Ooh Sad

    Sometimes you just cannot make sense of what goes on in the world. If only our Leaders could comprehend our fears and insecurities. Worst off is the poor innocent God fearing Menkind, the world routinely makes canon fodder of them or should i say guinea pigs. Killing them is sometimes labelled colletral damage. You hear of People who call themselves real Men but steal kill maim women and children, are soo rude you wonder they are born of women. Commenting directly on the above article, i think the very sad situations unfolding there call for all of us as humanity to pause, take a breath and reflect if ways we deal with provocation are the best for the future of the World. It is worth noting that people who like to tease/provoke others, people who are quick to anger, people who believe killing an enemy is the ultimate solution, are not individuals who can carry the world forward by their very nature.

    November 2, 2012 at 3:48 am | Reply
  12. StanCalif

    The Afgans are going to do background checks??? How funny is this! All Karsai cares about is getting opium to market! Isn't it strange that this little weasle has been very quiet lately. Surely he would love to see Romney in the White House. Romney just loves business and making money, so does Karsai! Romney could start his new wars with Iran and Syria and make some very jucie deals with Karsai to use Afghanistan for military purposes. Many huge "no bid" contracts to award in Afghanistan! Romney could appoint Dick Cheney as a "special advisor" to teach him how to make "private enterprise" huge profits while actually performing poorly! Of course, Romney can flip flop any day. Maybe Dick would not trust him and decline to participate.
    Karsai is no "leader" of his country. Any deals with this weasle is just more wasted money! He is "for sale" to the highest bidder, something Romney is very familiar with!

    November 1, 2012 at 9:57 pm | Reply
    • stansux

      You are such an idiot, you should be stripped of the ablitly to breed and pollute the gene pool further than you already have...

      November 2, 2012 at 1:07 pm | Reply
    • Dennis

      Spelled Karzai,not Karsai.

      November 4, 2012 at 3:15 pm | Reply
    • Geoffrey Harman

      You are obviously a pinko,liberal,progressive,knuckle dragging communist.

      November 5, 2012 at 11:16 am | Reply
  13. shawngibson

    Homegrown Green On Blue. Awesome...not.

    November 1, 2012 at 8:28 pm | Reply

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