2 more insider attacks on US troops add to concerns about exit strategy

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Friday, Aug. 17, 2012

WASHINGTON (AP) -- One analyst in Washington says the number of attacks on U.S. military personnel from within Afghan security forces can no longer be considered isolated incidents.

In one of two such attacks today, U.S. military trainers gave a new police recruit his AK-47, to defend his remote Afghan village. He turned around and immediately used it, spraying the Americans with bullets and killing two of them.

In the other, hours later, an Afghan soldier wounded two more coalition troops.

Andrew Exum, an analyst with the Center for a New American Security, has advised the top U.S. generals in Kabul. And he says with this level of attacks, "There's no positive spin on this."

In each of the past two weeks, members of Afghan forces have turned their guns on international trainers twice in one day.

It's bad news for the U.S. exit strategy in Afghanistan, which has seen Washington spend more than $20 billion on training and equipping an Afghan security force.

Some historians say they are hard-pressed to find any similar situation in previous wars.

(Copyright 2012, The Associated Press)

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