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More U.S. Troops Killed by Afghan “Allies”

Aug 20, 2012

On August 17, a new Afghan local police recruit shot and killed two U.S. Special Forces members at a small outpost in western Afghanistan. That same day in southern Afghanistan, a member of the Afghan security forces shot and wounded two other American soldiers.

These kinds of attacks by the U.S.’s own carefully selected and trained allies have become so frequent that the U.S. military now calls them “green-on-blue” attacks. So far in 2012, 39 U.S. and NATO troops had already been killed by their Afghan recruits, compared to 35 troops killed during all of 2011. And even the U.S. military has been forced to concede that these attacks are not the work of Taliban “infiltrators.” For example, the Afghan man who shot and killed the two U.S. soldiers in western Afghanistan was a 60-year-old local man, who had just been recruited two weeks before.

Instead, these killings by the U.S.’s own allies show how much the anger has grown inside the Afghan population against the U.S. war that has wreaked such horrendous destruction and suffering for so long. Not even the U.S. military, the mightiest military power on the planet, can quell this anger, no matter what it does.

The U.S. is being driven out of Afghanistan, just like it was driven out of Viet Nam, more than four decades before.

To find out more about the nature of these “green-on-blue” attacks and the Afghan war, read “Afghanistan: The U.S. Bogged Down in Its Longest War,” in Spark’s latest Class Struggle magazine, Issue 75. Buy a copy from a Spark distributor, or read it here: