‘Inside the wire’ attacks a growing threat to soldiers in Afghanistan
FORWARD OPERATING BASE APACHE, ZABUL PROVINCE, SOUTHEASTERN Afghanistan — This morning in Laghman province, two U.S-ISAF troops were killed when a rogue Afghan soldier opened fire on them. It marked the latest in a series of so-called green-on-blue, or insider, attacks that have severely damaged the trust between coalition forces and their Afghan allies.
There have been 33 insider attacks this year, resulting in 42 coalition deaths. That is a sharp increase from 2011, when, during the whole year, 35 coalition troops were killed in such attacks, 24 of whom were Americans.
The insider attacks have significantly raised question about the West’s exit strategy as U.S. forces prepare for a withdrawal that could begin as early as next year. (Illustrations: Richard Johnson/National Post)