New Lows in Afghan-U.S. Relations

News Brief – March 12, 2013

In the latest insider attacks, an Afghan police officer opened fire on a gathering of Afghan and Coalition forces officers in eastern Afghanistan, killing 5 local policemen and 2 U.S. Special Forces personnel.
Monday’s attack is one of deadliest so-called ‘green-on-blue’ attacks this year.
‘Green-on-blue’ incidents have become an increasingly frequent in the Afghan war, sowing suspicion between international Coalition forces and their local counterparts and underlining Taliban claims that the international forces are an army of occupation.
The attacker was killed in the shootout that followed.
An International Security Assistance Force spokesman said later that a further 10 American soldiers and 12 Afghan military personnel were wounded in the shooting.
On the same day in southern Afghanistan a helicopter crash left 5 American soldiers dead. The helicopter went down in an area where there has been little Taliban activity and a NATO spokesman says an investigation into the cause of the crash is underway.
The latest ‘green-on-blue’ attack comes amid rising tension between the Karzai government and their international allies.
The day before President Karzai had accused the Americans of conspiring with the Taliban.
In a provocative speech Sunday President Karzai accused America of colluding with the Taliban in order to justify a continued International Security Assistance Force presence in Afghanistan.
”The bombs that were detonated in Kabul and Khost were not a show of force; they were serving America,” he said in the televised speech, referring to two earlier suicide blasts in which 19 people were killed.
President Karzai accusations follow earlier reports that U.S. negotiators met with Taliban representatives in the gulf state of Qatar.
The deteriorating relations between President Karzai and his Western allies have overshadowed US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel’s first trip to Afghanistan.
A joint press conference that was to have been addressed by President Karzai and the new US Defence Secretary was cancelled, with US officials saying an unspecified “security concern” was responsible.
Defence Secretary Hagel later tried to play down tensions with Mr Karzai, saying after they met for private discussions and dinner that he was pleased to renew an old friendship.
”He has his ways,” Mr Hagel said.

Comments are closed, but trackbacks and pingbacks are open.