As the Koran burnings in Afghanistan and the deadly uprising that followed dominate the headlines, another important issue — perhaps the elephant in the room — is being largely overlooked: American and NATO soldiers are regularly being killed by members of the very same Afghan police and army they are arming and training. And the number of deadly incidents is on the rise.
Just in the last two weeks, more than a few Americans have been killed by the Afghan regime’s forces they are supposed to be allied with — known as the Afghan National Police (ANP) and the Afghan National Army (ANA). Tens of billions of U.S. tax dollars have already been pumped into Afghanistan’s “security” apparatus.
Last Thursday, two more U.S. soldiers became the latest victims of the scheme to arm and train Afghan forces. Staff Sgt. Jordan Bear, 25, and Spc. Payton Jones, 19, were killed by two Afghan soldiers and an accomplice at a joint military base in southern Kandahar, according to officials cited in news reports.
The week before that, two U.S. military personnel were shot in the back of the head by Afghan security forces at the Interior Ministry in Kabul. According to news reports, the killings were a response to the Korans being burned.
And just two days before that, on February 23, another two American troops were shot and killed by an Afghan soldier during a protest against the Koran burning and the Western occupation. But while the numbers are rising, the killing of U.S. forces with weapons paid for by American taxpayers began long before the most recent uproar over the Islamic holy book.
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Photo of U.S. soldier with Afghan translator: AP Images