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Afghan soldier kills US service member

2012-04-27 11:10

Kabul - An Afghan soldier fatally shot an American service member and a local interpreter in southern Afghanistan, officials said on Thursday, the latest in a string of attacks against US and other foreign forces by their Afghan partners.

In the east, meanwhile, three US service members were killed in a bomb attack, according to Nato and a US official. The official confirmed the nationalities on condition of anonymity because the information had not yet been publicly released. Further details were not immediately available.

In the insider attack in southern Kandahar province, an Afghan soldier opened fire with a machine gun from atop a building, killing a US soldier and an Afghan interpreter and wounding three other coalition service members before he was gunned down, a senior US defence official said.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to release details.

The US military officially confirmed only that a man wearing an Afghan army uniform turned his gun on coalition service members late on Wednesday, killing one. The incident was under investigation, the military said.

Trust undermined


Since the beginning of the year, there have been at least 16 such attacks against American and other international troops.

The US-led coalition is trying to mentor and strengthen Afghan security forces so they can lead the fight against the Taliban, and foreign troops can go home by the end of 2014.

That mission, however, requires a measure of trust that has been repeatedly undermined by the deaths of coalition troops at the hands of their Afghan partners.

In one of the highest-profile attacks, a man working as a driver at the Afghan Interior Ministry shot dead two US military advisers at close range in March. That incident alone led the US military to temporarily pull all its advisers out of Afghan ministries.

US-Afghan ties have also been under strain following Qur’an burnings at a US base and the killing spree allegedly by an American soldier in the south in recent months.

Relations appeared to be shifting back on track, with Washington and Kabul agreeing to a long-awaited deal earlier this week on a strategic pact to govern the US presence in Afghanistan till 2024.

80 killed

The US military chooses its language carefully in describing insider shootings because of the possibility that assailants may be insurgents disguised in Afghan army uniforms and not actual members of the Afghan security forces.

Such uniforms are easily available in markets in Afghanistan, and the Taliban have used them to mount previous attacks on international or Afghan military installations.

Since 2007, more than 80 Nato service members have been killed by Afghan security forces, according to an Associated Press tally, which is based on Pentagon figures released in February. More than 75% of the attacks have occurred in the past two years.

Also on Thursday, three Afghan women were killed in the crossfire of a battle in the east. A mortar fired during the fighting in Wardak province hit a house, killing the women inside, said Shahidullah Shahid, a spokesperson for the provincial governor.

The battle began when Taliban fighters ambushed a Natoconvoy, Shahid said. Both sides used heavy weapons, but it was not immediately clear who fired the mortar, he said.

Nato forces spokesperson Captain Justin Brockhoff said reports indicate it was a joint Afghan and international patrol that came under fire. He said they were looking into reports that "civilian casualties may have been caused by the engagement".

Last year was the deadliest on record for civilians in the Afghan war, with 3 021 killed, according to the United Nations. Taliban-affiliated militants were responsible for more than three-quarters of those deaths.

Comments
  • goyougoodthing - 2012-04-27 15:38

    USA get out of the country, it is not yours.

      Fred - 2012-04-27 15:54

      You'd have to change your faulty belief that the IS attacked itself on 9/11 to understand why it is in Afghanistan. In addition, many Afghans are still grateful for the help the US gave them to repel the real Soviet invasion in the 1980's. .

      goyougoodthing - 2012-04-27 16:46

      Fred, still delusional I see. Yes, that commie threat, all very convenient. You don't see the world for what it is do you Fred, or do you... really... and choose to not to

      Fred - 2012-04-27 17:16

      The US attacked itself on 9/11 is about as delusional a belief as one can hold. Second is the Rothschilds of all people are the source of evil in our world. Third is that central banks are arms of private banks not governments. Fourth is there was no Soviet invasion of Afghanistan and no Soviet threat to human freedoms.

      goyougoodthing - 2012-04-27 17:23

      Fred, seriously, the feds are private this is no secret, 9/11 was an inside job and afghanistan was a CIA mission back in the 70s and 80s. I'm not even going to bother finding you sources, again, because you disappear and never back up any of your statements with any evidence.Fred, you come short every time.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-04-27 17:28

      Yougoodfornothing, There are some weird comments on these sites, but yours are not only untrue, thery are pretty insane !!!!

      Fred - 2012-04-27 19:27

      I don't disappear Goodthing. Perhaps you'd like me to, but I don't. Your delusions are stupendous. Now the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan was actually carried out by the CIA. That's number 5 and possibly the most ridiculous.

      Fred - 2012-04-27 19:35

      Patrick, again, the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan in the 1980's with the intention of annexing it. To counter the very real threat the Soviet Union posed to human freedoms, with its now collapsed oppressive Communist system of government, and at the request of Afghans, the US successfully assisted the Afghans to repel the invasion. Afghans today, with the exception of the Taliban and Al-Quaida who have their own agendas, remember that assistance and still feel grateful. Osama Bin Laden was among those who the US trained. But he took that training and chose to use it for his own twisted aims. We all know where this got him. To suggest, or believe in your case, that the US trained Bin Laden to do 9/11 is truly silly, and only leads you, and those who might be unfortunate enough to choose to believe you, further into delusion. Best to see what really happened, and is happening, than to make stuff up.

      goyougoodthing - 2012-04-27 21:12

      No Fred, I do not believe the US trained Bin Laden to carry out 9/11. I don't believe he had anything to do with it. I also believe there were never any WMD anywhere.

      Fred - 2012-04-27 21:16

      Osama Bin Laden, who personally claimed responsibility again and again, and his organization Al-Quaida, which similarly claimed responsibility again and again, did not carry out the attacks.

      goyougoodthing - 2012-04-27 21:37

      Methinks the lady doth protest too much. What's it to you Fred, have you something to hide.

      Fred - 2012-04-27 21:52

      That you would think I have something to hide (?) is totally consistent with your distorted view of world events.

      goyougoodthing - 2012-04-27 22:05

      Well Fred, you hide behind a meaningless facebook profile for one thing...

      Fred - 2012-04-27 22:15

      I'm a CIA agent Goodthing, and I'm coming to get you. While I'm doing that, I'm going to secretly blow up the Carlton Center and make it look like Julius Malema did it. :)

      Fred - 2012-04-28 00:40

      Your response to this: Osama Bin Laden, who personally claimed responsibility again and again, and his organization Al-Quaida, which similarly claimed responsibility again and again, did not carry out the attacks. Is this: Methinks the lady doth protest too much. What's it to you Fred, have you something to hide.

  • goyougoodthing - 2012-04-27 21:39

    You've already made a fool of yourself over and over trying to claim that the federal banks are not private. Every single one of them is, Fred. Even our own SA reserve (it says so on it's front page btw). But tell me I am bonkers all you like, tell me whatever you choose to believe, however blind you are to the machinations of the world. Carry on, the time of truth is coming.

      Fred - 2012-04-27 21:56

      Goodthing, this has been pointed out to you again and again. Private banks have token shares in central banks largely to signify their commitment to the government's monetary and fiscal policies, and banking regulations. Central banks are arms of government, not private banks. "The US Federal Reserve" is the reserve bank of the US Federal Government. The South African Reserve Bank is the reserve bank of the South African Government. Letterheads of these organizations have the seals of their governments. Why?

      goyougoodthing - 2012-04-27 22:03

      FFS Fred, are you trying to bore me to death with stupidity. I'm not going into this again with you. The guys that control the cost of money - the reserve banks are PRIVATE. This happened for the 3rd time in the US in 1913. Look up the 16th amendment, find out about that and why income tax needed to be an amendment in the forst place - hint, the founding fathers knew central fractional banking was dangerous and so it is expressly forbidden in the US constitution. End of.

      Fred - 2012-04-27 22:22

      As I've said to you before, I recommend going to Wits Business School, perhaps speak to Professor Ojah and tell him that central banks are arms of private banks. Tell me what he says. Include the expression on his face.

      goyougoodthing - 2012-04-28 00:12

      Freddy, no need to ask him anything... you know everything already. Tell me then, if they are not private, why they expressly state that they are private, with shareholders, who return a dividend, on interest baring loans, on money distributed to the banks, for which there is no collateral and which itself is invented from plain paper. Invented money, 'borrowed' against nothing - there is no gold standard nor backed up value for this - is borrowed at 'interest' for what and to whom... not the shareholders... and we wonder why the world is in debt - with fed reserves there is no other possibility.

      Fred - 2012-04-28 00:36

      Shareholders are entitled a dividend of not more than 10 South African cents per share per annum, with the remaining profits being paid to the South African government.

      Fred - 2012-04-28 00:37

      I don't understand the rest you've written

  • goyougoodthing - 2012-04-27 21:40

    And Fred, how many Afghans do you know, how many have you asked how happy they are. Probably as happy as the Palestinians the US helps keep out of their own homeland.

      Fred - 2012-04-27 22:11

      Those Afghans who requested assistance from the US to repeal the Soviet invasion of the 1980's, which was successful largely because of US assistance, expressed their gratitude. This is recorded fact. Unfortunately the US left a leadership void after the Soviet Union was repelled. Into this void the ultra-chavinstic, woman-stoning Taliban moved in, as well as the fundamentalist and murderous thugs of Al-Quaida. 9/11 happened. The US made fundamental decisions to never let that happen again, and to take the war waged by Al-Quaida and Al-Quaida-like organizations, to them wherever they are. Simultaneously this time, the US is assisting Afghans to create their own government, based on the democratic will of Afghans, not Americans. The US is pouring an enormous amount of money belonging to the American people into achieving this. It is succeeding, not perfectly, but succeeding nonetheless. Israelis are living on the land they've lived on for thousands of years. This is recorded fact. Unfortunately, like the delusions you choose to hold about 9/11, central banks, the Rothschilds, and the CIA invasion of Afghanistan in Soviet uniforms (!), you're missing what is really happening in the Middle East. I've pointed this out again and again.

      goyougoodthing - 2012-04-27 22:19

      Yes, Fred, the Americans are heroes, the Zionists are well within their rights to run an apartheid state and all our tax money goes to starving children in Africa. Hooray. World problems solved.

      Fred - 2012-04-27 22:24

      There's little real meaning in what you've said here, Goodthing.

      goyougoodthing - 2012-04-28 00:06

      Exactly my point, Fred.

      Fred - 2012-04-28 00:37

      ?

      Dylan Dario Sciarappa - 2012-04-28 00:51

      Fred. You show that you really have no clue do you? You didn't know that the fed is a privately owned institution??? Hahahaha. No so informed are you.you believe that fire made the towers and building 7 collapse? Just think how absurd that is for a second.

      Fred - 2012-04-28 02:20

      The US Federal Reserve is the reserve bank of the US Federal Government. That is why it's called the US FEDERAL Reserve. It's part of the US Government. The same with the SA Reserve Bank. EVERYONE with a clear mind KNOWS 9/11 was caused by Al-Quaida. Dylan, it's nothing short of weird to take reality, twist it into something it's not, believe it, and try and convince others it's twisted. You make yourself weird.

  • Ask - 2012-04-28 02:07

    Now this is the Fred I know '?' Guys ignore this 'box' - he is brainwashed, forgive him, he went back to school and got refund from his school fees and smoked dagga with the money... a genuine troll, probably on some organisations payroll... to 'stook'

      Fred - 2012-04-28 02:21

      Do you have a real point to make, Joe?

      Ask - 2012-04-28 02:28

      @Fred - yes I do have a point to make.

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