For the second time this week an Afghan soldier has opened fire on US troops. This attack saw an Afghan Army member attacking US troops in Kunar Province, killing one and wounding two others.
The attack is the 20th reported death of a NATO soldier as a result of an attack by uniformed Afghan soldiers. Some cases involved Taliban infiltrators, but many others were the results of arguments or discontent against occupation forces. The number of such incidents is unclear, however, as reports have shown that the Pentagon has under-reported the shootings.
Today’s attacker was named Mamoud, according to Afghan provincial officials, and was originally from Marjah, in the Helmand Province. Interestingly enough, Marjah was the site of the shooting earlier this week. After shooting the soldiers, he escaped.
Marjah was the centerpiece of NATO’s since-abandoned 2010 military strategy. The tiny farming community was occupied by massive numbers of US Marines, who were supposed to move on after quickly putting the town under control. Two and a half years later, the US Marines are still in the town, which sees regular battles.
8 thoughts on “Afghan Soldier Kills US Soldier, Wounds Two Others”
I like the term "colleague". It implies people working with the same goal in mind. Moreover, the word expresses some degree of friendship or at least a link that goes beyond the immediate. Can we say that this is what exists between the US and Afghanistan?
Such incidents are becoming as numerous as Israel's calims about wanting to attack Iran.
Not to beat a dead horse but obviously ISAF isn't winning the hearts and minds of the Afghan troops. Time to get the hell out of that rathole – it isn't worth one more life – ours or theirs.
Yes, they should leave asap and go back to the sewer they came from.
In a previous article this morning in Antiwar.com; "Despite making much of granting the veto power (to the Afghan military), the US has planned to ignore it for the most part, saying they will continue to launch “unilateral” raids whenever they wish, and JSOC and CIA run night raids remain outside of Afghan oversight."
Perhaps this attitude has something to do with the pissed off Afghan soldiers, apart from the mutilations of dead Afghans, drone attacks and Koran burning ceremonies.
As I said before, oner dead american terrorist=One less rampaging possibility to kill sleeping women and children
I think I know why they (the Afghans) do it. But I can't say anything because I would be accused of supporting it. Shhh….!
Oops! Guess all that training is working just a little too well.
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