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article imageAfghanistan: Two US soldiers, three Afghans killed-Insider attack

By Karl Gotthardt     Mar 11, 2013 in Politics
Kabul - After a relatively quiet start to 2013, with one soldier killed in a non-combat situation, two US soldiers were killed today in what's referred to as a "green on blue" attack. The attacker, part of the Afghan National Police, also killed three Afghans.
The insider attack occurred in Wardak province when US soldiers were visiting an Afghan police station. The incident, according to Yahoo News, sparked a firefight that killed two US soldiers and three Afghans. The attacker, an Afghan police officer, opened fire on the visiting Americans.
As reported in Digital Journal 18 people, including two police officers, were killed in two separate suicide attacks on Saturday during a visit by Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel.
Insider attacks are a new method used by the Taliban, where they infiltrate Afghan security forces, demonstrating a vulnerability for these forces to effectively provide security for the country.
Most of the US forces in Wardak province are special operations soldiers, which were banned by Afghan President Hamid Karzai, claiming abuse and torture of civilians. Karzai ordered special operations troops out of the province within two weeks on February 25. This attack comes one day after Karzai's deadline.
USA Today reports that in today's attack the Afghan police officer stood up in the back of a pick up truck, grabbed a machine gun, and fired at US special operations troops.
Outside the capital Kabul, American forces in a convoy fired on a truck approaching their convoy, killing two Afghans. According to US forces the truck was warned not to approach, but didn't heed the warnings.
In the convoy shooting, U.S. forces spokesman Jamie Graybeal said the Afghan driver failed to heed instructions to stop as his truck came close to the American convoy near Kabul.
"The convoy took appropriate measures to protect themselves and engaged the vehicle, killing two individuals and injuring one," Graybeal said in an email. He said an assessment is underway.
After relative calm during the first two months of this year, the violence appears to be picking up. The Taliban gave notice on Friday that they were not defeated, and that they didn't want western officials to give the impression that the war had been successful. They may have a point.
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