Afghan soldier kills 2 French Nato troops

2011-12-29 20:04

Kabul - An Afghan army soldier shot and killed two French Nato troops on Thursday, the French government said in what was the latest attack by members of Afghan security forces against their coalition partners.

A statement from the office of French President Nicolas Sarkozy said a soldier in the Afghan National Army opened fire on the two, who were serving with the 2nd regiment of the Foreign Legion.

This year has been the deadliest for French forces in Afghanistan since the international operation began there in 2001. Thursday's deaths bring to 26 the number of French troops killed this year, and 78 over the entire 10-year conflict.

They also bring the December toll for Nato troops killed in Afghanistan to 25, while the year's toll so far is 541. The yearly total is considerably lower than for 2010, when more than 700 troops died. The number of wounded has remained high, dipping only slightly from last year's total of more than 5 000 service members.

Taliban spokesperson Zabiullah Mujahid claimed responsibility for the attack on the French in an email, identifying the attacker as Mohammed Ibrahim. He said the attack was carried out at a base in Shamshad, located in eastern Kapisa province, about 60km northeast of Kabul.

Mujahid added that the attacker, Ibrahim, was then gunned down by other troops.

In Paris, French military spokesperson Thierry Burkhard said an Afghan soldier opened fire on the two French troops, mortally wounding them. French forces fired back and killed the assailant.

Burkhard said the soldier was stationed in the area where French forces operate in the east, and that it was the first ever such incident in the French zone. Both Nato and Afghan forces were investigating.

Afghan control

On Tuesday, three Nato troops were killed by a roadside bomb in eastern Afghanistan. The alliance provided no further details, but the Taliban claimed the victims were US soldiers who were riding in a military convoy when a roadside bomb exploded next to their vehicle.

There was no independent confirmation of that claim.

Also Thursday, a roadside bomb killed 10 Afghan police officers and wounded another in a restive district of southwestern Helmand province, which Nato had recently turned over, with much fanfare, to Afghan security control.

In a call to The Associated Press, Taliban spokesperson Qari Yousef Ahmadi claimed responsibility for the Helmand attack.

The explosion destroyed a police pick-up truck as it drove through Zarghun Kalay village in Helmand's Nad Ali district, according to a spokesperson for the provincial governor, Daud Ahmadi, and police chief Haji Abdul Marjan.

Both officials said the officers had left a training center and were headed home when their vehicle was blow up by insurgents. Marjan said they drove along the same road every day, while Ahmadi said eight of those killed were new recruits.

Nad Ali, which had been run by British troops, was one of the districts in Helmand that last month transitioned from Nato to Afghan security control.

The handover was the second step in a transition that President Hamid Karzai hopes will leave Afghan forces in control of the entire country by the end of 2014, when the US-led coalition's combat mission is scheduled to end.


However, shootings such as the one in the east - where the attackers are either Afghan soldiers who turn on Nato troops, or reported insurgents dressed in Afghan uniforms - have raised fears of increased Taliban infiltration of the Afghan police and army as Nato speeds up the training of the security forces.

Last week, an Afghan soldier opened fire on coalition troops inside an outpost in western Herat province, wounding a number of alliance troops. The attacker was killed in the incident.

Nato's training mission hopes have about 350 000 troops trained and ready by the end of 2014.

Eastern Afghanistan has become the focus of coalition efforts against insurgents, who infiltrate into Afghanistan across the rugged frontier from safe havens in neighbouring Pakistan.

The US and its allies have asked Pakistan to crack down on the safe haves in that country's lawless tribal areas, but relations between the two forces have reached rock bottom following a Nato cross-border attack that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers last month.

  • Sharkshoot - 2011-12-29 22:00

    A losing battle trying to train these heathens. I know..

      jowza1 - 2011-12-30 10:15

      train them for what?

      Sharkshoot - 2012-01-10 14:46

      I don't know jowza...lets see.....the article involves military forces...where do you think the Afghan Philistines get their training and funding for weapons from?

  • Ayesha - 2011-12-29 22:26

    My Sympathies with Pakistan as the poor nation has tried its utmost to bring peace between the US, and NATO and the Afghans and the Talibans but to no avail. This is an imperative issue, and must reach a conclusion or some sort of agreement between the nations. Every day precious, and innocent lives from either sides are at stake, but frankly speaking i cannot foresee any amiable agreement or solution until the US will not adopt flexible means to handle the situation. The Talibans are Trigger Happy People, and what they are fighting for still remains a dilemma.Nobody feels secured by Talibans, not even Pakistan. In fact Pakistan is the worst hit nation by these unscrupulous groups of extremists------

  • Graziella - 2011-12-30 08:10

    Well done to the Afghan soldier, let the people of France weep also, the Afghanese have been weeping for 10 years too much.

      Ceorl - 2011-12-30 08:27

      You are a foul human being. Argue that NATO should leave, yes. Argue that the Taliban have the right to defend themselves, perhaps. Make up crazed conspiracy theories, that is your right. But to glorify the killing of another human, to encourage brutal violence and promote vengeance as righteous makes you an awful, awful person. Two people are dead, their families cry tonight, and the toll of human misery is increased. This is tragic, and you should be ashamed.

      Graziella - 2011-12-30 08:35

      Tell that to the 1000s of Afghane women and children being killed daily by NATO drones in their homes and weddings. Why should I feel anything for NATO dogs who have been murdering civilians around the world, in the name of "freedom" and "democracy".

      Garth - 2011-12-30 09:48

      You are an anc ignorant. A naive, puerile supporter of a thieving, racist, murdering party that is so inept at governing this country that the world devised a new name to describe it: ineptocracy. Before you comment gleefully on the woes of others, little girl, pull your head out of your a$$ and look inwards at the woes of this country perpetrated by the `great', `democratic' ineptocracy that you and other ignorants support. And what the hell type of word is `Afghanese' anyway? It is `Afghani' or `Afghanistani'. Your racist comments pollute these forums. Get your facts straight, oh ignorant one. Lower down you comment that `1000s of Afghane(sic) women and children being killed daily by NATO drones in their homes and weddings.' Like a typical racist, anc ignorant you name the enemy `dogs'. You exemplify and personify all that I detest about your foul party and their ineptitude.

      Graziella - 2011-12-30 09:54

      You lot are so predictable, it is always about Zuma to you, followed by the ANC, then Africans in general, on an article that has nothing to do with any of the above, get a life.

      jowza1 - 2011-12-30 10:17

      lol.garth calling graziella a racist

      jowza1 - 2011-12-30 10:20

      ceorl,i dont see you commenting when nato and the americans kill civilians

      Garth - 2011-12-30 10:49

      The only thing that you have an answer to is my criticism of the anc. Nothing on your lack of humanity? I am an African and made no comment; chips getting heavy there, I read. jowza - what are you again? A one sentence, no original thought, troll. Read my comments before you make assumptions, Blabla.

      Graziella - 2011-12-30 11:10

      Has NATO demonstrated any kind of humanity in Afghanistan. Is a ten year old occupation human to you. Are the 1000s of civilians killed by NATO drones a show of humanity to you. Is occupation human to you?

      anthony.weineck - 2011-12-30 11:21

      jowza1, Graziella: You are deliberately misrepresenting me. The death of any human being is tragic. It is tragic and horrendous that civilians are killed in drone strikes, and it is tragic when soldiers are killed. Your puerile politics (it means childish), are unable to recognise that international politics are vastly complicated. You live in a black and white world of good vs evil, and what is worse, you exaggerate and lie to make yourselves seem smarter and more correct. "1000s" of people are not dying every day. If they were then in the 10 years of the Afghani war, at 1000 people per day, 3,560,000 civilians would have been killed by a drone strike. That's a little over 10% of the entire population. And you know what, it is people like you, who spout reactionary, hyperbolic rhetoric - people who encourage revenge killing, who glory in the deaths of a human being because they are part of a social machine at odds with your ideology - that cause these wars. War is a complex beast, and it is never avoided by the partisan whinings of simpletons. There is an ideological war being waged between the West and Radical Islam, and until this war is defused, both sides will continue to make that ideological war a real one.

      jowza1 - 2011-12-30 11:24

      garth,i am not surprised that you are calling me foe my one liners,i dont have to write rubbish like you in 10 sentences.i think my one liners get straight to the point

      jowza1 - 2011-12-30 11:26

      garth,since you are such an intellectual,explain to a troll as you call me,what on earth has zuma or the anc or anyone else for that matter gotto do with afganistan

      Garth - 2011-12-30 11:28

      Occupation is a human act, maybe not a humane act, but a human act non-the-less. Why have Nato and the USA occupied this country? Is it purely imperialism? Or is it humane? Regardless of its huge mineral wealth(untapped), what else is of importance to the west? Is it strategically located? Oh yes! But what else is important? maybe do the research before commenting so blithely. Oh, and 1000s killed by drones - by muslim suicide bombers, taliban attacks on schools and the helpless, roadside bombs and other acts of terrorism maybe, but by drones?

      jowza1 - 2011-12-30 11:33

      garth,before the americans invaded afganistan,did we hear of suicide bombers and all the other things you talk about in afganistan

      Nibiru - 2011-12-30 11:42

      @jowza1 You were not allowed to

      jowza1 - 2011-12-30 11:47

      not allowed to do what?niburu

      Graziella - 2011-12-30 16:07

      @Garth I'm pretty much aware of intl politics and have chosen a side. Coming from a 3rd world continent I understand pretty much the politics of the west regarding non western countries. There's nothing new you can tell me. I'm on leave and couldn't be arsed about my spelling.

      Blade - 2012-01-10 14:58

      You are on leave? Who would be stupid enough to employ you?

  • Garth - 2011-12-30 15:49

    The `divine wind' or Kamikazi suicide bombers, circa 1944-45 spring to mind, but, with the help of Wikipedia, here is a brief summary of the more current areas where suicide bombing has been prevalent: `These attacks have been aimed at diverse military and civilian targets, including in Sri Lanka, in Israel since July 6, 1989, in Iraq since the US-led invasion of that country in 2003, in Pakistan since 2001 and in Afghanistan since 2005 and in Somalia since 2006.' Oh, you meant `in Afghanistan'; sorry, when you go beyond your customary 10 words you are difficult to understand. And, the Russians were there before the US and also subject to the same hospitality. I do not condone military invasions for the purposes of conquest, but seriously dr. phil, is this one of those?

  • Graziella - 2011-12-30 16:08

    The afghanis should be killing more NATO dogs as they can, they've been on the receiving end for far too long. Who knows it feels it!

      Blade - 2012-01-10 15:01

      Please go and join your "afghanis". Perhaps they can enter you into an arranged marriage...probably not though...they prefer to marry 12 year old girls...

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