Skip to comments.Afghan soldiers killing US soldiers; are we being kept in the dark?
Posted on 01/26/2012 9:11:22 AM PST by FatMax
Afghan soldiers turned guns on their US and NATO trainers more in 2011 than perhaps any other year, and the military organization running the war in Afghanistan has responded by choosing not to report details of these incidents.
The International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), a NATO-led security mission established by the UN Security Council in 2001 to secure Afghanistan, has opted to leave the announcements up to the respective nation whose soldiers are killed.
Sometimes, the incidents are simply not reported.
Last week, a rogue Afghan National Army soldier turned his weapon on his French trainers in Kapisa Province, killing four, and he wounded over a dozen others. The Afghans were preparing to go on a joint training patrol with the French advisors.
On January 20, ISAF issued the following press release on the incident:
Four International Security Assistance Force service members were killed today in eastern Afghanistan by a member of the Afghan National Army.On December 29, another Afghan soldier killed two French Foreign Legion soldiers in the same province. There is no record of the attack on ISAF's website.
The suspected shooter has been apprehended.
It is ISAF policy to defer casualty identification procedures to the relevant national authorities.
The New York Times cited a classified report stating that between May 2007 and May 2011, Afghan soldiers or police killed 58 Western troops in 26 separate attacks. In April, 2011, 14 US service members and one US contractor were killed in just two fratricide incidents.
Six percent of all coalition hostile deaths in Afghanistan were due to Afghans killing their trainers, and the majority of the attacks occurred since October 2009.
Multiple service members have already been murdered by rogue Afghans in 2012, including one US Army soldier, Pfc. Dustin P. Napier, who was...
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We have the government we deserve.
And we are about to give then Super Tucano ground attack planes! Last year an afghan air force pilot had to use a pistol. Next year should be much more exciting/
If our soldiers would have had a chance to defend themselves against each of those Muzzie’s jihads I’m pretty sure a good percentage would have been given a court martial and sent to Leavenworth.
And it isn’t fratricide when an afghan soldier uses deceit to attack our soldiers. Fratricide is when you engage your own people by accident.
Rogue Afghans = Muslims who decided to go with Allah, and gave up collaborating with us Infidels. - tom
Mentioned the Afghan pilot in the article. Killed eight US troops, a US contractor. Seems like they whitewash these attacks when they went public in the past, like the jihadist attack on Ft. Hood by Army Maj. Nidal Makil Hassan in 2009.
I'm sure that is a significant motivating factor. But our military will not dare admit it for fear of angering the very people who would kill us anyways.
From Diane West:
http://www.dianawest.net/Home/tabid/36/EntryId/2015/Kajaki-COIN-Central.aspx (Video at site)
Military censorship only goes so far. Now we know, contrary to official reports, at least two US Marines were hit by the bomb driven into the Kajaki Sofla bazaar by a suicide-bomber on a motorcycle on January 18, 2012. Corporal Phillip McGeath, 25, was killed; Corporal Christopher Bordoni, 21, was critically wounded.
Why the official silence? And why the frustration, almost palpable in the public affairs office emails yesterday, over reports that break the silence?
Maybe it’s because Kajaki is supposed to be, has been reported as a shining COIN success story. On January 12, 2012, for example, six days before the suicide bomb in the bazaar, the US government spelled it all out in a story headlined: “Soccer field, symbol of hope to Kajaki Sofla children”:
Operation Eastern Storm began in October, when the men of 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment conducted a large-scale, helicopter-borne insertion aimed at routing insurgents from the valley.
The Marine casualties in the bazaar attack were from the 1st Battalion, 6th Regiment.
The happy talk continues:
Now, 3 months after the outset of the operation, the children of this small oasis, tucked between the mountains, can be seen playing soccer on a sparse patch of dirt, within Patrol Base Pennsylvania, the headquarters, for Company B., 1/6. ... Marines and members of the Afghan National Civil Order Police stand by to coach and referee, while village elders rest on the rocks or piles of sand constituting sidelines
COIN heaven, in other words. Never mind an Afghan National Army member shot and killed a US Army private playing volleyball elsewhere in Afghanistan on January 8. Kajaki Sofla was the real COIN deal.
The story continues:
Felber Field, where the daily soccer games are held, was named after Lance Cpl. Brian Felber, who was critically wounded in an IED strike shortly after the company arrived in Kajaki, explained Capt. Paul Tremblay, company commander, Company B.
The piece goes on to detail the COIN thinking that went into what the Marines saw as an effort “to build rapport and keep the positive momentum they had gained” — setting up “Felber Field.”
We sat down and thought about what we did as kids. What were some of the most memorable things we did as children that we can do to continue the momentum for the children and hopefully, inspire the parents, said Tremblay.
Hmm. Let’s see. Did you memorize the Koran? Become a child bride of an old married man?
Whats most important to the average [person here] is perception. The kids, theyve seen soccer on the TV in Pakistan; its a national past time. So for them to get excited about coming to play soccer, by default it makes their fathers and elders in the villages take ownership of their own security.
It makes them take ownership? Captain, you can’t make someone “take ownership of their own security,” whatever that means, and particularly not through what sounds like the syrupy plot of a feel-good summer movie. They either want “their own security,” or they don’t.
As the influence of the insurgency steadily waned; soccer balls, books, coloring pencils and a host of other recreational items began to appear in the bazaar. Every afternoon, children could be seen in their familys fields playing catch, while Marines patrolled past
Kajaki became COIN Nirvana, or Mecca, as the case may be.
Its a very regimented life for the kids, explained 1st Lt. Dennis Graziosi, 2nd Platoon commander from Altoona, Pa. When the Taliban came in here, they stopped the school, sports activities, all of that. Its just amazing to go from Taliban kicking all that out, regimenting their life, to seeing it crop back up. Their patrolling effort has allowed the kids future to get a lot better, to establish a brighter future for the children here.
Beyond generating goodwill among the local citizenry, the ability to host an event like this within their company position, with approximately 50 children in attendance serves as a marker for how security has increased in the units area of operations. ...
It’s pure COIN, by the book.
Then, disaster struck — a suicide bomber attacks a crowd including Marines.
Now what does Felber Field, named for a Marine who died in an IED blast way back when things were bad, signify if Marines are still dying in the bazaar of “hearts and minds”?
To me, of course, it signifies the COIN strategy to win (buy) hearts and minds is still fundamentally flawed. The bazaar, the soccer field, even after successful combat operations, remains a dangerous battleground.
So don’t mention American casualties in the bazaar. Maybe no one will notice the cracks in COIN: Is that the military’s thinking?
Meanwhile, The Tompkins County Trust Company has set up a fund to collect donations to support Christopher Bordoni and his wife Jessica.
Donations can be mailed to:
Tompkins Trust Company
c/o USMC CPL. Christopher D. Bordoni Fund
Attention: Scott Albanese
P.O. Box 460
Ithaca, NY 14851
It proves once again primates are never to be trusted. No human should ever turn his or her back on them.
The sooner we are allowed to safely exploit our own resources, the sooner we can let these animals rot.
Major Hassan at Ft. Hood is an example of avoiding the reality of fundamental Islam. His shooting of our troops was described as an example of "workplace violence".
Somewhere along the line a religious person has to decide whether to serve his God or to serve man.
If a person is a Christian it does not pose much of a problem for anyone that comes in contact with them.
If the person is a Muslim it is a problem for anyone who is not a Muslim. -tom