Afghan Soldier Wounds Two US Soldiers

News Brief – July 23, 2012

In the latest incident of its type an Afghan soldier has opened fire on the International Security Assistance Force wounding two U.S. soldiers in the province of Faryab.
“An Afghan army soldier opened fire on US soldiers inside a military base… and injured two US soldiers. The attacker was killed in return fire,” Faryab’s deputy provincial governor Abdul Satar Barez said.
NATO’s US-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) confirmed the deputy governor’s statement but refused to elaborate on the incident.
It is the latest in a string of so-called ‘green-on-blue’ attacks, where members of the Afghan security forces turn their weapons on their Western ‘allies’.
On Sunday a man wearing an Afghan Army uniform opened fire on civilian contractors working for the ISAF at a police training facility near Herat. He is believed to have killed three Western security contractors before being killed himself.
The Foreign Office confirmed on Monday that one of the men was a British citizen, although no further details were released.
There have been 26 green-on-blue this year alone. Earlier this month, three British soldiers were shot and killed at a police checkpoint in Helmand Province in a confrontation with local police.
In recent months at least 29 people have been killed in green-on-blue attacks.
The growing number of these incidents is seen as a reflection of mounting mistrust between Afghan forces and their supposed ISAF “allies”.

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