May 8, 2012 Naalij

Afghan Soldier Kills US Marine, Marking 19 Attacks This Year

Such examples of the war’s failure continue to hit headlines as Obama claims victory in Afghanistan

An Afghan soldier shot and killed a U.S. Marine on Sunday, wounding another, in the nineteenth such attack from Afghan forces on NATO soldiers this year.

After this latest incident, there have been 12 NATO soldiers killed in 19 such attacks in the first five months of this year, compared with 35 killed in 21 different attacks throughout all of last year.

At least, those are the statistics provided by NATO. The U.S. military has been systematically underreporting clashes between coalition forces and their Afghan trainees, the Associated Press revealed last week.

The U.S. “does not report insider attacks in which the Afghan wounds — or misses — his U.S. or allied target,” the AP reported. “It also doesn’t report the wounding of troops who were attacked alongside those who were killed.”

The incident, the latest in a long line of many, comes just days after President Barack Obama told the American people in a weekly address that “the tide of war has turned in Afghanistan” and that “We’ve built strong Afghan Security Forces” that will competently take over control of the country in 2014.

Afghan security forces are neither strong, competent, nor independent. Besides consistently get into gun battles with their American and NATO counterparts, less than 1 percent of them can operate independently, without NATO guidance.

by John Glaser 

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Comment (1)

  1. Ege

    Hi Mike. Thanks for your kind words.In my opinion, both the Bloc and NDP have made tseehelvms irrelevant in this debate from the beginning by viewing it entirely through a George Bush’s War perspective. The Liberals have, for the most part, conducted tseehelvms disgracefully since the Conservatives took over by throwing the whole mission under the bus although there are strong exceptions, and none more so than Bob Rae, who has spoken beautifully on this issue in the past two weeks.But there was absolutely no reason for Harper to say that all soldiers were leaving in 2011, save for an odd guard or two at an embassy. The 2008 parliamentary motion only called on the current Kandahar mission to end in 2011. As we’re seeing clearly, the Liberals were always open to a training mission, but for some reason Harper decided to call the whole thing off. I don’t think he’s a big fan of nation-building, which is what Afghanistan desperately needs. He’s more of a traditional national interests conservative.Some Conservatives are still quite good on this. Laurie Hawn, who is the lead Conservative on the House of Commons’ Special Committee on Afghanistan, is great. Peter Mackay is as well. But Afghanistan causes a rift on the right, not just on the left, and many people overlook this.

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