Two American advisers, one a Colonel and one a Major, were shot in the back of the head today by someone wearing an Afghan security uniform, inside the Interior Ministry’s conference room. The shooter has not been detained. Both men are dead. “All NATO personnel are being recalled from Afghan ministries,” whatever that means. Withdrawn to where is not clear. UPDATE – they are being recalled to “their safe housing areas” in and around Kabul, according to al-Jazeera. How safe can they be when al-Jazeera knows where they are? That news source is reporting the two men were found dead in their offices. A keypad code was required to gain entry, and a further report that the only persons with the code would be translators. No one witnessed the murders.
In the past, Western military advisers were told to operate cautiously after such incidents, but Allen’s decision represents the first time a commander has publicly withdrawn his personnel from their posts for fear of attacks by men in Afghan uniforms…
The Taliban promptly asserted responsibility for the attack, saying the shooter was an insurgent who had infiltrated the Afghan security forces. Source
In the meantime, our troops are eating and sleeping with Afghan military after losing two soldiers this week to murder by the Afghans they are training and supplying with weapons. The violent outbreaks at Bagram AF Base this week is blamed on the burning of Korans used to secret messages among Muslim prisoners. We have apologized until it is shameful – many times now. We have groveled. The more we apologize, the more frantic and hysterical the protests.
Can anyone explain how so many of our Military are under NATO control?
UPDATE: SPON blogs that in WWI and WWII, when surely Holy Books from various religions were blown up, and who knows what else, no one ever apologized. Good piece. Read it here.