August 10, 2012
Afghan Soldier Kills 3 In American Security Uniforms
The U.S. led ISAF forces in Afghanistan have trained the media to accept its ridiculous reporting. Whenever an Afghan policeman or soldier attacks or kills ISAF forces the press weasels just copy the ISAF headlines like this one:
3 American troops shot dead by man wearing Afghan uniform, US command says
A man in an Afghan uniform shot and killed three American troops Friday morning in southern Afghanistan, the U.S. military command said, in the third attack on coalition forces by their Afghan counterparts in a week. The Taliban claimed the shooter joined the insurgency after the attack.
When it is clear that this was "by their Afghan counterparts" why doesn't the headline say "3 American troops shot dead by Afghan soldier"? CNN is especially pathetic:
Official: Man in Afghan security uniform kills 3 U.S. troops
A man in an Afghan military uniform killed three U.S. troops Friday in southern Afghanistan, the latest in a series of assaults against NATO soldiers by Afghans clad in security force garb.
There have been 24 such green on blue incidents in the last 12 month. In every case those were real Afghan soldiers or real Afghan policemen who attacked. To write as if those were people who just picked up a uniform at the bazaar is in no way justified.
The stupidity of these formulations clearly come into view when one changes the roles in these formulations:
Afghan soldier kills 3 in American security uniforms
An Afghan soldier killed three in American military uniforms Friday in southern Afghanistan, the latest in a series of assaults against men in NATO military uniforms by Afghan security forces.
No one would write such bullshit even though it reflects the facts just as well as the ISAF manipulated version copied by western media. This again shows how neutral reporting was buried by the "embedded with the military" mindset that came with the the twenty-first century.
Posted by b on August 10, 2012 at 10:32 AM | Permalink
In Syria, killers doesn't even have to wear uniform to be attributed to being Syrian Arab Military "regime" soldiers.
Posted by: Alexander | Aug 10, 2012 10:48:53 AM | 1
Third attack within a week by Afghan soldiers as well.
In all of 2011 there were 20 NATO troops killed by Afghan soldiers. In 2012 there have been 28 and its only August. I'd say by December the attacks will have almost doubled over the previous year.
Posted by: Colm O' Toole | Aug 10, 2012 10:52:04 AM | 2
Well the Ziomonsters will just say our campaign to win their hearts and minds has had a temporary setback,and we are winning.(No Trulaine)It's all just a chapter of a Tale from the Crypt of Zion.
Can you believe this crazy wacky liar MSM?Nah,me neither.
Tell US a story Obomba daddy.
Posted by: dahoit | Aug 10, 2012 11:07:17 AM | 3
The reality is the western governmental PR agencies, specially the military affiliated ones are becoming more clumsy with less professional convincing quality output, most probably because of amount of work due to many fronts to tackle with they are way understaff with quality personnel, it reminds one of quality of the military PR in Last years of the Vietnam War it continued to degrade in line with demoralization of personnel once it became obvious war was lost.x
Posted by: kooshy | Aug 10, 2012 12:23:05 PM | 4
The Afghan security establishment is in disarray..Recently the defence minister was sacked by Karzai..The Afghan army is mainly made up of Tajiks, Uzbeks and other ethnic groups from the North..The ex-defence minister is also a non-Pashtun..Could there be any links to this?
Posted by: Zico | Aug 10, 2012 1:43:25 PM | 5
Subject: Targeted Killing
Targeted killing is the intentional killing, by a government or its agents, of a targeted civilian, whom they may consider an "unlawful combatant", who is not in their custody. -- wiki
That covers what the US government does but that's not broad enough, is it. Targeted killing can be done by others for political purposes. And it's a growing problem, driven in great part I believe by the US setting a wrongful precedence.
The US has a policy of "targeted strikes" (US must have a euphemism for killing) against people in other countries, including American citizens (e.g. Awlaki père et fils). John Brennan, Obama's go-to man on targeted killing, has explained it.
--First, these targeted strikes are legal. http://www.wilsoncenter.org/event/the-efficacy-and-ethics-us-counterterrorism-strategy
--Second, targeted strikes are ethical.
--Targeted strikes are wise.
As President Obama’s counterterrorism advisor, I feel that it is important for the American people to know that these efforts are overseen with extraordinary care and thoughtfulness.
Undoubtedly the Afghan soldiers killing US soldiers believe THEIR "targeted strikes" are "legal, ethical and wise" and no doubt they're done with "extraordinary care and thoughtfulness." They're defending their country against these brutal invaders. The latest deaths take the green-on-blue toll this year to around 33, in some 23 such incidents, according to an AFP tally. Less than half of "green on blue" attacks are perpetrated by Taliban infiltrators into the Afghan army, the US and NATO Commander General John Allen has said.
The UN in Afghanistan (UNAMA) has recently issued a report on targeted killing. Since UNAMA is hosted by the US it doesn't include government targeted killing but only includes attacks by AGE (Anti-Government Elements).
Civilian casualties, resulting from targeted killings by Anti-Government Elements, increased by 53 per cent in 2012 with UNAMA documenting the death of 255 civilians and injuries to 101 others in 237 separate incidents.
While neither the green-on-blue targeted killings nor the AGE targeted killings are done "by a government or its agents," are they any less to be expected than what the US does, and defends doing?
Posted by: Don Bacon | Aug 10, 2012 3:21:53 PM | 6
The US military public relations will continue bullshitting up to the day of withdrawal.
What do you expect? The affair is decided, but the public relations office has to continue to paint black as white, until the last US troops are out of the country.
They can't do anything else. Suggest that the Afghan military is losing loyalty, that's a no-no. Could lead to US Congressmen demanding that US troops depart earlier, and put the troops in danger.
The issue in the future is **how** the troops will be able to withdraw, that's an issue worthy of your continuing attention, b. It was you, b, who first brought to the world's attention the problems of the Northern supply line. I can imagine continuing problems with the withdrawal, what with Russia and Syria and all that.
Posted by: alexno | Aug 10, 2012 3:28:19 PM | 7
Tozz sends you Big Thanks :)
I am so glad you let told him that you appreciate his on the ground reports
Posted by: Penny | Aug 10, 2012 3:37:52 PM | 8
That's nice :)
Posted by: Alexander | Aug 10, 2012 4:46:45 PM | 9
Rory Stewart has a great article on Britain's 1839 war in Afghanistan:
This does not just recapitulate the fiasco of that military campaign but goes into the political debate inside the UK government for and against the operation. This was a story that was new to me. The arguments are virtually the same as we hear today over whether or not to withdraw from Afghanistan. History may not repeat but it certainly rhymes.
Posted by: ToivoS | Aug 10, 2012 4:47:33 PM | 10
Except the Brits "won" before they withdrew.
Posted by: Don Bacon | Aug 10, 2012 4:55:53 PM | 11
One more thing
b in my post here there is a link to an interview with Mohammad Marandi and Steven Lendman. Mohammad mentions Moon of Alabama
Thought I would let you know
Posted by: Penny | Aug 10, 2012 5:16:41 PM | 12
For the Brits it wasn't without paying a high price. The colossal memorial Lion in Forbury Gardens, Reading, commemorating the Battle of Maiwand and the loss of the 66th Regiment. Will there by a colossal eagle somewhere in the US commemorating anything in Afghanistan, the necessary war? I doubt it.
Posted by: Don Bacon | Aug 10, 2012 5:28:11 PM | 13
Nary a mention of Afghan uniforms, even, from the Pentagon this week - from the Pentagon "casualty news releases" (i.e. death reports)
of wounds suffered when they encountered an enemy improvised explosive device.
--1st Sgt. Russell R. Bell, 37, of Tyler, Texas
--Staff Sgt. Matthew S. Sitton, 26, of Largo, Fla.
while conducting combat operations
--Cpl. Daniel L. Linnabary II, 23, of Hubert, N.C.
when enemy forces attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device
--Petty Officer 3rd Class Clayton R. Beauchamp, of Weatherford, Texas
from injuries suffered during a suicide bomb attack
--Maj. Walter D. Gray, 38, of Conyers, Ga.
of wounds suffered when he encountered enemy small-arms fire.
--Spc. Ethan J. Martin, 22, of Lewiston, Idaho
of wounds suffered when they encountered an insurgent who detonated a suicide vest.
--Maj. Thomas E. Kennedy, 35, of West Point, N.Y., and
--Command Sgt. Maj. Kevin J. Griffin, 45, of Laramie, Wyo.
Posted by: Don Bacon | Aug 10, 2012 5:49:15 PM | 14
Senior U.S. Soldier Killed By Suicide Bomber in Afghanistan
A senior U.S. Army soldier was killed along with a couple of majors by a suicide bomber in Afghanistan, and three special operation forces soldiers were gunned down by an Afghan commander who had won their trust and invited them to dinner.
The suicide bomber struck Wednesday as a group of U.S. military and civilian officials from the 4th brigade, 4th Infantry Division were in Sarkowi in Kunar Province, which is located in eastern Afghanistan. The suicide attacker detonated an explosive vest near the group.
Killed in the attack were Command Sgt. Maj. Kevin J. Griffin, 45, of Laramie, Wyo., the brigade's senior enlisted soldier. As a command sergeant major, Griffin was one of the brigade's senior leaders and provided leadership and guidance to the 4,000 man brigade.
Also killed in the blast were Army Maj. Thomas E. Kennedy, 35, of West Point, N.Y., and Air Force Major Walter D. Gray, 38, of Conyers, Ga. Gray was an air liaison officer and flight commander attached to the brigade.
The brigade is tasked with providing security in three provinces that border Pakistan. Based in Fort Carson, Colo., the brigade arrived in Afghanistan this past April.
Posted by: m_s | Aug 10, 2012 6:42:37 PM | 15
US troops Jan 2009: 32,000
US troops Sep 2012: 68,000 (after current drawdown)
Operation Enduring Freedom
FY10.....93.8 (Obama's first budget)
FY12. . 113.7
(FY=fiscal year, Oct-Sep)
Posted by: Don Bacon | Aug 10, 2012 7:54:05 PM | 16
Friday nite blue plate special for the acolytes of C Hedges is here
FOTL's new album "The death of common sense" should could still be here.
Posted by: Debs is dead | Aug 10, 2012 9:53:03 PM | 17
I was actually stunned today when Wolf Blitzer had aired John Kerry's '71 Senate testimony of 'The last Soldier to die'...! Is that a 'Cronkite Moment'...?
Posted by: CTuttle | Aug 10, 2012 10:06:23 PM | 18
That was Kerry Beta version
Posted by: Don Bacon | Aug 10, 2012 10:14:06 PM | 20
True, Don @20, but, Wolf had then had the 4 star Gen. Joulwan, on to elaborate on our failed Afghan mission...! Being the cynic that I am, I'd posit that Blitzer is now advocating our withdrawal, only to free 'em up for the 'whole enchilada' that is Iran...! Remember that only 'Real Men go to Tehran'...! ;-)
Posted by: CTuttle | Aug 10, 2012 10:24:47 PM | 21
Yep it would be great if some western media dissemination corporations did advocate a "Iranians only care about Iran" approach to foreign policy. Not just because it would put their publications closer to reality. But I can't see such a thing happening, these same wastes of space from across the political spectrum are gonna keep at it. The warmongers because it keeps the paranoia level high among the citizens and the peaceniks mostly set because keeping the Iran war possibility alive creates easy targets. It makes showing up warmongers as liars, zionists, and blind 'patriots' a lot easier.
It is far too late now for fukusi or even just old school USuk ers to drum up a war with iran.
Since Libya the russians consider all bets off the table including the 70 year old arrangement to let amerika have Iran as payment for assistance in the great patriotic war.
Russia is gonna be more obstructive towards any attempts to legitimize an attack on Iran than they were of the effort to allow proxies invade Syria in the name of peace, democracy, mom, n apple babanatza.
Posted by: Debs is dead | Aug 10, 2012 10:56:05 PM | 23
I would put it this way: Real sailors drown in the Persian Gulf before they ever get to Tehran.
Posted by: Don Bacon | Aug 10, 2012 11:01:53 PM | 24
Ain't the Enterprise still in the Arabian Sea, Don...? ;-)
Posted by: CTuttle | Aug 10, 2012 11:21:16 PM | 25
These recent deaths took place in Kunar Province, “It is different than other places.”
from the archives:
NYTimes, February 24, 2011
U.S. Pulling Back in Afghan Valley It Called Vital to War
KABUL, Afghanistan — After years of fighting for control of a prominent valley in the rugged mountains of eastern Afghanistan, the United States military has begun to pull back most of its forces from ground it once insisted was central to the campaign against the Taliban and Al Qaeda.
WaPo, May 21, 2011
This month, however, the last U.S. forces will close their bases and withdraw from the Pech Valley. These are the final troops to leave the northern Konar valley complex — made famous by the 2010 film “Restrepo” — marking the end of a five-year effort to extend the central government’s influence to these isolated regions. The outgoing U.S. commander of forces in eastern Afghanistan, Maj. Gen. John Campbell (with whom I worked as counterinsurgency adviser), made perhaps the most understated comment about the Pech when he once quipped, “It is different than other places.” Perhaps a better strategy — better than the one that has cost more than 100 U.S. military lives and billions of dollars in that valley alone — would have been to let it stay different.
TheHindu, Apr 16, 2012
Last week, Afghan special forces launched operations in Kunar — a remote mountain region which has seen a surge of insurgents from Pakistani jihadist groups. Mullah Muhammad Fazlullah's Tehreek-e-Nafaz-e-Shariat-e-Mohammadi and the Lashkar-e-Taiba, local residents claim, have even resurrected a Taliban-era Department for the Preservation of Virtue and Prevention of Vice — handing out beatings and whippings for local residents who fail to trim their beards, listen to music, or eating the local naswar tobacco.
TheNews, April 26, 2012
Militants gathering in Kunar to attack Pakistan: officials
PESHAWAR: Pakistani militants operating from Afghanistan’s Kunar and Nuristan provinces have mobilised hundreds of fighters and acquired resources and support from other countries to launch major attacks in Pakistan, military officials said. The officials who have access to intelligence reports said the militants led by Maulana Fazlullah had gathered 500 to 750 fighters on the border that runs along Lower Dir, Upper Dir and Chitral districts. They alleged the Indian intelligence agency, Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), had been providing support to the militants.
Army Times, Jun 21, 2011
Plenty of hidden crevices and caves dotting the mountains make effective retaliation difficult. The hardscrabble terrain and a largely unseen enemy fighting from mountainside positions makes for a daunting mission, in general. "When we first got here it was night, so we couldn't see what was around us," said Cpl. Ian Beard, who was injured during the first few weeks of their deployment, taking shrapnel to his arm, leg and his lip. "When we woke up the next morning and saw all the mountains around us, it was intimidating. You feel like people (in the mountains) are looking at you all the time."
Posted by: Don Bacon | Aug 10, 2012 11:24:41 PM | 26
The Enterprise is in the Arabian Sea and the Eisenhower is in the Persian Gulf. Other locations: one WestPac, one WestLant, seven in port (typical of carriers)
Posted by: Don Bacon | Aug 10, 2012 11:36:52 PM | 27
Don, How many nuke capable, German-built/financed, Dolphin Subs, in the Persian Gulf, are there...? Last I'd heard there were 3...! Google false flag and the Enterprise...! ;-)
Posted by: CTuttle | Aug 10, 2012 11:54:09 PM | 28
Yo no se. I guess Israel has a few. Iran has three old Russian-built Kilo Class diesel-electric subs, and a couple dozen midget subs, also Iran is working on some larger ones using technology they've picked up rebuilding the old Russian boats.
Posted by: Don Bacon | Aug 11, 2012 12:02:43 AM | 29
US media is downplaying the importance of this attack which led to the death of Command Sgt. Maj. Kevin J. Griffin.
Note that in the US military, among enlisted men (not officers), the command seargent major is the next to highest rank. See http://usmilitary.about.com/od/navybase/l/blnavbase5.htm
Quote: Enlisted soldiers who attain the distinction of being selected by the Department of the Army for participation in the command sergeants major program are the epitome of success in their chosen field, in this profession of arms. There is no higher grade of rank, except Sergeant Major of the Army, for enlisted soldiers and there is no greater honor.
Posted by: Paul | Aug 11, 2012 1:57:19 AM | 30
The situation in Afghanistan is far worse than what the Pentagon and their apparatchiks like to portray..They think not talking about them will make the problem go away.
The main issue here is trust..The trust between the ANA and NATO troops's been broken..After years of watching their foreign instructors kill their fellow Afghans in the name of freedom and democracy,pissing on their holy books and dead countrymen, the sh*t eventually have to hit the fan.
It was embarrassing when an Afghan police commander openly declared his defection to join the Taliban recently..That news was hushed in most western msm but the impact is huge. In Afghanistan, people are very nice. But once you fall out of favour with them, you're toast!!!
Personally, I don't see how NATO intend to win in that country...The whole project is f*cked..But it's hard for the officials in Washington to admit it without suffering politically for it. So the troops must remain there to continue their "nation building" program.
Putin said something sometime ago about NATO troop withdrawal..I didn't know if he was being sarcastic or serious..My hunch is he was being very sarcastic..He said NATO forces should not pull out too quickly from Afghanistan but must stay on and finish the job..Sounded to me more like giving them a rope long enough to hang themselves.
And then there's the supply line problems..Previously, the Taliban's cousins in Pakistan only attacked the supply trucks and didn't harm the drivers. These days they target the drivers as well..The much touted Northern route is also in disarray as the Taliban's Uzbek cousins are also threatening to attack them if they do. NATO's only safest option is to use air transport. But that can only lift so much and it's too expensive.
If one forgets the lessons of history, he's surely bound to repeat them with catastrophic consequences. NATO troops are now trapped by the hubris of their political masters at home.Sad times :(
Posted by: Zico | Aug 11, 2012 2:26:31 AM | 31
afghanistan is what you get when a war machine like the USA is allowed into a country esp one brimmming with jihadis
Posted by: brian | Aug 11, 2012 3:53:00 AM | 32
Agree this attack is not just "3 US troops killed". It was a strike at the military leadership in Eastern Afghanistan.
Command Sgt. Maj. Kevin J. Griffin, the service's top non-commissioned officer, and Maj. Thomas E. Kennedy, a brigade commander with the Army's 4th Infantry division, were among the dead after two Taliban suicide bombers attacked their convoy traveling through Kunar province in eastern Afghanistan.
Air Force Maj. Walter Gray, who was attached to Kennedy's brigade as the unit's air liaison officer, and an official from the U.S. Agency for International Development were also killed in the bombing.
Source: The Hill.com
Posted by: Colm O' Toole | Aug 11, 2012 7:30:09 AM | 33
Three more US troops have been killed, this time by an Afghan 'worker' the total now is 6 in 24 hours.
Posted by: Forgetful | Aug 11, 2012 9:30:26 AM | 34
Command Sgt. Maj. Kevin J. Griffin, the service's top non-commissioned officer, and Maj. Thomas E. Kennedy, a brigade commander
No. The army's top NCO is Sergeant Major of the Army Raymond Chandler III. Command sergeant majors are rather common, being found at battalions and brigade levels.
And no way is a brigade commanded by a lowly major. Major Kennedy was assigned to the Headquarters Company of the 4th Infantry Division's 4th Brigade Combat Team based at Fort Carson, Colorado.
Posted by: Don Bacon | Aug 11, 2012 1:41:12 PM | 35
Or is it sergeants major.
Posted by: Don Bacon | Aug 11, 2012 2:32:17 PM | 36
I doubt that the situation for NATO is now really reversible.
We've had three attacks now by Afghan military personnel in the last 24 hours. Two on the US, one on Afghans (no doubt intended to discourage remaining in the Afghan forces).
It's a good strategy. There's no good solution for the US. They have to draw in horns, and abandon trust in the Afghans. At least that's what the opposition want.
How can the US get out of this bind? Obviously they will tighten security on the Afghans, but that has its own disadvantages, in that the Afghan coverage will be less.
I don't know of another solution. I am open to suggestions.
Posted by: alexno | Aug 11, 2012 3:38:10 PM | 37
Troops are considered expendable. The years they were forced to travel in humvees in a killer IED environment is a good example. Or, heck just the extension of this ridiculous war for purely domestic political reasons. The chances of it happening to a colonel and above (which would be a different matter) are slim because they generally have a security detail around them.
General John Allen, the commander in Afghanistan, insists insider attacks are rare compared to the overall number of troops. "Every case where one of these occurs," said Allen, "that same day there are tens of thousands of interactions between the Afghans and ISAF forces that don't go that way."
Or, one knows that people die on the highway but one can drive thousands of miles and live.
Posted by: Don Bacon | Aug 11, 2012 4:25:16 PM | 38
re 38 Troops are considered expendable.
The rule has been: Only direct immediate military deaths are declared. The rest are not spoken of. Even that number are going to cause a problem.
Has the rule changed, and even direct deaths are not announced?
It is the change in numbers which would have the effect, if the goal-posts are not moved.
Posted by: alexno | Aug 11, 2012 4:51:23 PM | 39
NATO troops are basically trapped by their own politicians' domestic policies..Nobody want to commit political suicide by mentioning the "d"(defeat) word...How else will Obama explain to Americans that their war in Afghanistan has been a failure? The politicians back home tell their people their soldiers are fighting for their freedom and to keep them safe from "terrists"..
Meanwhile, NATO commander know the moment they leave, Karzai will be sitting next to them on the last plane leaving Kabul.He'll be finished in weeks.Najibullah comes to mind.
The army commanders tell a different story to the troops on the ground..One last Al-Qaeda/Taliban #1 or #2(which they've killed many times) kill and we'll be home for Christmas.And then there's the nation building angle..I kid you not..
Public infrastructure continue to disintegrate back home yet they seem to have endless supply of billions for Karzai and his tag-alongs..This will make for a classic comedy script if it wasn't so serious.
I mean, lets be frank here..Among all the pictures of Afghans(Taliban included) we've been shown by msm throughout this campaign, do they look like the kinda people that want to have McDonalds or the next Walmart on their street?
"We're fighting to bring them our values" they say..BS!!! Afghanistan will never become little Americano in the center of Asia..As a matter of fact, these guys have known history way before Christopher Columbus' parent even though of bringing forth that bastard who "discovered" America from the native Indians..
Posted by: Zico | Aug 11, 2012 5:31:23 PM | 40
All deaths resulting from any incident are included, including those that occur after evacuation to, say, a hospital in Germany. These deaths are called "casualties" by the Pentagon. You can find them here as "news releases." Casualties reported as news releases, how could there be a less noteworthy way to record the giving of one's life for one's country. Injuries are not reported. The injured are referred to as wounded warriors. Even missing two legs, testicles and an arm, one is a wounded warrior. I'd say.
Posted by: Don Bacon | Aug 11, 2012 6:21:46 PM | 41
Yes, Karzai on the plane. According to the constitution he must leave by sometime in 2014: "The presidential term is expired at the first of Jawza of the fifth years after the elections." Afghans are now preparing for a new election. Lock and load!
Posted by: Don Bacon | Aug 11, 2012 6:27:30 PM | 42
These "casualties" don't include suicides, currently about one daily for active and 6(?) daily for vets.
Posted by: Don Bacon | Aug 11, 2012 7:06:17 PM | 43
I ran across this news report recently, but I can't find the DOD report it refers to. Anyhow it does illustrate that the WaPo and CNN headlines are ridiculous.
"Investigations have determined that a large majority of green-on-blue attacks are not attributable to insurgent infiltration of the ANSF (Afghan National Security Forces), but are due to isolated personal grievances against coalition personnel There is no indication that these recent attacks are part of a deliberate effort by insurgents, nor were they coordinated with each other."
It mentions "isolated personal grievances" but what it doesn't clearly state is that Afghans have many legitimate grievances against a brutal foreign occupation by people who generally have no respect for them. Obviously killing people isn't usually done because of "personal grievances."
Posted by: Don Bacon | Aug 11, 2012 7:37:21 PM | 44