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Afghan Attack Brings U.S. Troop Death Toll To 2,000

Soldiers from the Afghan National Army (ANA) patrol the vicinity of Jalalabad.
Soldiers from the Afghan National Army (ANA) patrol the vicinity of Jalalabad.

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By RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan
A U.S. official says a suspected insider attack by a member of Afghan security forces killed a U.S. soldier, bringing to 2,000 the number of U.S. military deaths in the 11-year-old conflict.

The U.S. official confirmed that the attack in eastern Wardak Province late on September 29 killed a U.S. soldier.

The International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said a NATO soldier and a foreign civilian contractor were killed in the incident which also resulted in Afghan Army casualties.

ISAF commander, Lieutenant General Adrian Bradshaw, told  journalists in Kabul: "Very sadly, one ISAF soldier and one ISAF civilian contractor were killed together with three Afghan National Army personnel. That is the reporting we have so far."

ISAF provided no further details on the incident but said a joint investigation was under way.

Provincial government spokesman Shahidullah Shahid said the shooting was sparked by an apparent "misunderstanding."

"Due to some misunderstanding an exchange of fire has taken place between ISAF and ANA [Afghan National Army] soldiers," Shahid said. "There are casualties but the reason behind the misunderstanding, firing, and exact number of casualties is not known yet. Both forces are investigating the matter."

He said the shooting occurred at an Afghan Army checkpoint in the Syedabad district, just outside a joint U.S.-Afghan base.

Afghan officials said at least two Afghan soldiers were killed in the shoot-out.

Insider Attacks

At least 52 members of the NATO-led force have been killed this year in attacks in which members of Afghan security forces turn their weapons on their Western allies.

Two weeks ago, ISAF restricted joint operations with its Afghan partners following a dramatic rise in such assaults.

But U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said on September 27 that most NATO-led troops have resumed joint operations with Afghan forces.

General John Allen, the top U.S. and NATO commander in Afghanistan --  in an interview with CBS's "60 Minutes" scheduled to be aired on September 30 -- said he was "mad as hell" about attacks by Afghan soldiers on Western troops.

Allen, according to excerpts from the interview released by the network, said "we're willing to sacrifice a lot for this campaign, but we're not willing to be murdered for it."

The Taliban routinely claim responsibility for insider attacks which they say were carried out by infiltrators.

NATO combat troops are set to withdraw from Afghanistan by the end of 2014, but a key part of the strategy is that coalition soldiers will remain to work alongside and train Afghan troops.
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by: Jack from: US
September 30, 2012 14:05
US government killed Christians in Bosnia and Kosovo to appease Muslims thinking Muslims will be friends of America. US government sponsors Muslims terrorists everywhere - in Syria, in Kosovo, in Iraq, in Thailand. That's because US government thinks Muslims did not kill enough US soldiers. As a result US keeps winning in Afghanistan, and US ambassador in Libya was sodomized and burned by his own Sunni friends.

by: William from: Aragon
September 30, 2012 21:39
Two thousand - same number killed as 9/11. Add to this the 4,000 killed in Iraq and the total is 6,000 or three times more than 9/11. These two wars of adventurism, started by GWB, have certainly born fruit - ten years of war, trillions of dollars spent, no foreign policy objectives achieved, US in decline, and adversaries on the rise. It is as if Bin Laden planned it from the start and Bush walked right into it. History will be the judge.

by: md ali from: hyderabd
October 02, 2012 05:39
I like the answer of this German Scholar when he was asked about terrorism and Islam: He said:

· Who started the First World War, which killed 37 million and injured 22, 379, 053 that includes 7 million civilians? Muslims?
· Who started the Second World War, which killed over 60 million, which was over 2.5% of the world population? Muslims?
· Who killed about 20 million of Aborigines in Australia? Muslims?
· Who drop the nuclear bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, which killed 166,000 people in Hiroshima and 80,000 in Nagasaki? Muslims?
· Who killed more than 100 million Red Indians in North America? Muslims?
· Who killed more than 50 million Indian in South America? Muslims?
· Who took about 180 million African people as slaves and when 88% of them died, threw them into the Atlantic Ocean? Muslims?

They weren’t Muslims! First of all, you have to define terrorism properly…. If a non-Muslim does something bad… it is crime. But if a Muslim commits the same, he is a terrorist. So first remove the double standard… then come to the point.
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