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Insider attacks in Afghanistan shape late stages of war

A young Afghan soldier named Mahmood told insurgents he planned to shoot Americans at the outpost where he was based in Kunar province and asked the Taliban to take him in if he escaped, according to a report in The New York Times.

“Even the Taliban didn’t think I would be able to do this,” the report quoted Mahmood.

Last May he opened fire on American trainers, killing one American and wounding two others. Mahmood escaped and was welcomed into the ranks of the Taliban, the New York Times report said.

Attacks by Afghan security forces on their Western allies became “the signature violence of 2012,” the Times quoted a former American official as saying. The increase in such attacks has been a clear sign that Afghan resentment of foreigners is becoming unmanageable, the Times report said.

Some insider attacks are blamed on cultural misunderstandings or abusive behavior by Afghan officers. Afghan troops will take revenge on Americans, who are seen as supporting Afghan officers, the Times report said.

While the Taliban have been able to infiltrate the security forces, it isn't always necessary because Afghan soldiers like Mahmood will approach them instead.

“I have intimate friends in the army who have the same opinion as I do,” the Times quoted Mahmood.

Source: The New York Times


 

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