Two More U.S. Soldiers Killed by Renegade Afghan Soldier

News Brief – August 27, 2012

In the latest incident of its type, a rogue Afghan soldier has killed two U.S. soldiers when he turned his weapon on International Security Assistance Force personnel.
“ISAF troops returned fire, killing the ANA (Afghan National Army) soldier who committed the attack,” the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force said in a statement.
The killings are the latest in a string of ‘blue-on-green’ assaults where Afghan security personnel have turned their weapons on ISAF members.
There have been 33 such attacks so far this year that have left 42 ISAF members dead. During the whole of 2011, 35 coalition troops were killed in such attacks.
They follow a visit to Afghanistan by U.S. Chief of Staff General Dempsey recently to discuss the mounting ‘blue-on-green’ assaults.
The Afghan government has said it will review the files of 350,000 soldiers and police to help curb rogue shootings of NATO personnel, but accused “foreign spies” of having instigated many of the attacks.
However, in the wake of Dempsey’s visit the Afghan government also agreed to more stringent vetting of army and police recruits.
In addition more undercover intelligence officers would be recruited and placed in Afghan security forces to keep an eye on soldiers and police. In plain language, the Afghan government has agreed to inserting informers in the ranks of its security forces in an effort to contain the mounting green-on-blue assaults.
Meanwhile, on Sunday Taliban fighters killed 10 Afghan soldiers and wounded four more in an attack in southern Helmand Province.
The attack occurred at a checkpoint in the volatile province and in addition to 10 dead and 4 wounded, a further 5 soldiers are missing, either having been kidnapped or joined with Taliban.

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