News Brief – March 30, 2012
Another Taliban sympathiser in the ranks of the Afghan security forces has turned on his comrades.
In the latest incident an Afghan policeman killed nine of his fellow officers as they lay sleeping in a village in the eastern Paktika province Friday morning.
The provincial police chief told reporters that “a local policeman named Asadullah was persuaded by Taliban insurgents to carry out the firing inside the security check post.”
“First he poisoned his colleagues and then later he woke up for night duty at 3:00 am. Then he used his assault rifle to kill his nine colleagues. They were sleeping inside the post.”
Asadullah fled the scene after the shooting and is still on the run. There were no survivors.
Earlier in March, another nine Afghan police were killed, in the southern province of Uruzgan, during an insurgent attack that authorities believe was facilitated by a fellow officer with suspected links to the Taliban.
Attacks by Taliban infiltrators in the ranks of local security forces on their Afghan colleagues or on their foreign allies in the International Security Assistance Force are becoming increasingly common.
On Monday an Afghan army officer killed two British soldiers when he opened fire at the British HQ at Lashgar Har in Helmand Province.
In a second incident later the same day another ISAF member was shot dead by an Afghan policeman at a security checkpoint in the eastern part of the country. ISAF spokesman declined to identify the victim or his nationality.
Apart from becoming more frequent the so-called “green-on-blue” attacks are eroding trust between the ISAF and their local allies.
So far this year more than ninety ISAF members have been killed in Afghanistan, of these 17 were killed by Afghan force members ‘turned’ by the Taliban. In other words the actions of Taliban sympathisers in the ranks of the Afghan security forces now account for nearly 20% of NATO deaths in the country.
Meaning the insurgency is gaining ground, even as the Western allies look for an exit strategy that they can use without losing face.
NATO’s occupation of Afghanistan, for that’s what it is, looks to be going the same way as that of the Soviet Unions’ and the British Empires’.
Is it coincidence that the Soviet and British exit from Afghanistan marked the beginning of the end for both the Soviet Union and Queen Victoria’s empire? Is NATO heading the same way?