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Probe finds US underreporting cases of anti-US attacks by Afghan forces

US-led soldiers in Afghanistan along with Afghan counterparts on patrol (file photo)
Wed May 2, 2012 9:0AM GMT

A probe by a US news agency reveals that the US-led forces in Afghanistan have been “underreporting” the frequency of the instances where Afghan forces attacked American and other US-led foreign troops.


"The U.S.-led coalition routinely reports each time an American or other foreign soldier is killed by an Afghan in uniform. But the AP (the Associated Press) has learned it does not report insider attacks in which the Afghan wounds - or misses - his U.S. or allied target. It also doesn't report the wounding of troops who were attacked alongside those who were killed," the Associate Press reported Monday.

This year alone, according to the wire service, "in addition to 10 fatal insider attacks ... there have been two others that resulted in no deaths or injuries, plus one attack that resulted in wounded [sic], for a total of 13 attacks. The three non-fatal attacks had not previously been reported."

The spokesman for the US-led coalition, the International Security Assistance Force, has been quoted in the report as saying that the incidents not involving fatalities and information about wounded personnel have not been reported because not all nations in the coalition have given their consent on the matter.

The AP report also reiterates that "the insider threat has existed for years but has grown more deadly.” Last year, it added, there “were 21 fatal attacks that killed 35 coalition service members, according to ISAF figures. That compares with 11 fatal attacks and 20 deaths the previous year. In 2007 and 2008 there were a combined total of four attacks and four deaths."

The rising number of military casualties in Afghanistan has caused widespread anger in the US and other members of the Western military alliance of NATO, undermining public support for the US-led war.

Insecurity continues to climb across Afghanistan despite the continued presence of nearly 130,000 US-led forces in the Asian country.

According to the icasualties.org website, 138 US-led troops have been killed in Afghanistan so far this year.
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Post time 2012-5-4 22:45:36 |Display all floors
Two US-led NATO soldiers killed in Afghanistan

US-led NATO soldiers keep watch over a street during a mission in the Takhar province in Afghanistan. (file photo)

Fri May 4, 2012 8:31AM GMT

Two US-led NATO soldiers have been killed in an attack by Taliban militants in southern Afghanistan, Pres TV reports.


The alliance has not yet released further details regarding the soldiers’ nationality or the exact location of the incident.

The attack comes a day after the Taliban militant group announced that they will launch their annual "spring offensive" across Afghanistan, vowing to increase their attacks on the US-led forces in the country.

According to official figures released by the website, icasualties.org, 140 foreign soldiers have lost their lives in war-battered Afghanistan so far this year.

The increasing number of military casualties in Afghanistan has caused widespread anger in the US and other NATO member states, undermining public support for the Afghan war.

The US-led invasion of Afghanistan took place in 2001. The offensive removed the Taliban from power, but insecurity continues to rise across Afghanistan despite the presence of thousands of US-led troops there.
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Post time 2012-5-11 07:40:21 |Display all floors
Rocket attack injures three US soldiers in Afghanistan

Thu May 10, 2012

At least three US soldiers have been wounded in a rocket attack in Afghanistan's eastern province of Logar, Press TV reports.


Din Mohammad Darvish, a spokesman for the provincial governor said on Thursday that the soldiers were injured after militant’s targeted a US-run base in the region.

The Taliban has not commented on the incident, but such attacks have been carried out by the militant group in the past.

Last week, the Taliban announced the start of their annual spring offensive across Afghanistan and threatened to target US-led troops and Afghan security forces.

At least 149 foreign soldiers, most of them Americans, have lost their lives so far this year in Afghanistan, according to a tally kept by the icasualties.org website.

The increasing number of military casualties in Afghanistan has caused widespread anger in the US and other NATO member states, undermining public support for the Afghan war.

Insecurity continues to rise across Afghanistan despite the presence of thousands of US-led forces.
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Post time 2012-5-13 15:23:59 |Display all floors
Men in Afghan police uniforms kill 2 NATO troops

May 12, 2012

(AP) KABUL, Afghanistan - NATO and Afghan officials say that two of the coalition service members killed in the country's south were gunned down by men dressed in Afghan police uniforms.

There were conflicting reports, however, as to whether the assailants in Saturday's shooting in Helmand province were members of the police force or rather insurgents disguised as police officers.

Fareed Ahmad, a spokesman for Helmand provincial police, says two Afghan policemen were behind the shooting at a joint Afghan-coalition compound in Helmand.

NATO said that operational reports indicated that the gunmen were insurgents dressed in police uniforms, not official members of the police force.

The shooting is the latest in a string of incidents in which Afghan security forces or militants disguised as policemen turn their weapons on their international military partners.
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