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Three U.S. Soldiers Killed By Afghan On NATO Base

"Green-on-blue" shootings have eroded trust between foreign and Afghan forces as NATO prepares to hand over security to Afghan forces by 2014.
"Green-on-blue" shootings have eroded trust between foreign and Afghan forces as NATO prepares to hand over security to Afghan forces by 2014.
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By RFE/RL
An Afghan civilian employed at a NATO base in southern Afghanistan has killed three U.S. soldiers, the latest in a spate of rogue attacks in the country that have left seven U.S. troops dead this week.

The NATO-led international coalition, ISAF, said the shooting took place in the Garmsir district of Helmand Province late on August 10.

The man was not wearing a uniform and it remains unclear how he got hold of the weapon.

"A delegation has been dispatched to the area to investigate the case and more detail is yet to be known. The individual who has carried out the incident has been arrested," provincial spokesman Daud Ahmadi told RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan.

Earlier on August 10, an Afghan police commander and several of his men killed three U.S. Marines after inviting them to a dinner to discuss security issues.

The attack also took place in Helmand Province.

And on August 7, two men in Afghan National Army uniforms shot dead another U.S. soldier in the country's east.

ISAF spokesman Brigadier General Gunter Katz said the incidents were isolated.

"Let me clearly say that those incidents clearly do not reflect the overall situation in Afghanistan, where almost 500.000 soldiers and policemen are working together side by side enhancing their trust, enhancing their cooperation, in order to together fight for a better future of this country and to pressure the insurgency," Katz added.

'Green-On-Blue' Rise

Cases of Afghan police or soldiers turning their guns on their Western colleagues, however, have been on the rise.

NATO calls them "green-on-blue" attacks.

It has recorded 26 such attacks since January in which 34 people have been killed. Last year, there were 21 attacks in which 35 people died.

Some of these killings were claimed by the Taliban, who say they have infiltrated Afghan security forces. But ISAF blames most attacks on stress, personal conflicts, and cultural differences.

"Green-on-blue" shootings have eroded trust between foreign and Afghan forces as NATO prepares to hand over security to Afghan forces by 2014.

The alliance currently has some 130,000 soldiers in Afghanistan who are scheduled to pull out by the end of 2014.

With reporting by Reuters and AFP
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by: Jack from: US
August 11, 2012 16:00
Hillary is having her day. Her Sunni friends just killed three more US soldiers. When US government minions die the humanity wins. Hillary thinks the same

by: William from: Aragon
August 11, 2012 22:04
"...almost 500,000 soldiers and policemen are working together ...in order to together fight for a better future of this country and to pressure the insurgency, Katz added."

And how is that working for you, General Katz? After 10 years of insurgency, you are no longer safe even on a NATO base. The insurgency is now being brought to you!

by: Alex from: LA
August 12, 2012 01:11
One of the victims was a Armenian Matt Manoukian, a son of 2 judges. http://news.am/eng/news/116824.html

by: Eugenio from: Vienna
August 12, 2012 07:21
When is Karzai finally going to apologize :-)))????
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by: Konstantin from: Los Angeles
August 12, 2012 18:58
Eugenio, we missed your wit here. You have been gone for way too long. Whatever you did on your gay cruise I hope it was worth it. Sadly things haven't changed much while you were gone. The gringos are still at it, Frau Merkel keeps saying zany stuff, and my mother was euthanized on 07.07.2012. I was killed too, all at the hands of CIA and Bechtel. But my toombah-yoombah style of poetry will live on.

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