June 18th, 2012
04:34 PM ET

Uniformed Afghans attack NATO troops, killing 1, officials say

[Updated at 5:19 p.m. ET] Attackers in Afghan police uniforms gunned down a member of NATO's peacekeeping force in southern Afghanistan on Monday, the allied command in Kabul reported.

The International Security Assistance Force said the three gunmen "immediately fled the area and are currently being sought."

No other details were released by NATO, but a U.S. official in Washington told CNN the fatality was an American and that as many as eight or nine others were wounded.

Uniformed Afghans either insurgents in disguise, or members of the country's police or military have been behind numerous killings of U.S. and NATO troops this year. The incidents have fueled mutual distrust between Afghan and NATO forces in the now-decade-old conflict.

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  1. PaulTinEG

    The reason that we can't win in either Iraq or Afghanistan is twofold: it's impossible to defeat a concept like islam, especially in the Middle East and in a country that has NEVER been centrally ruled by anybody, and they'll never yield to the West.

    June 18, 2012 at 7:05 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Sherri

    You have to understand, they have been killing each other for thousands of years. When someone tries to come help, they kill them too. They hate the West.They hate all non-Muslims. It is no use trying to help them. I would not go to ANY Muslim country if you paid me 10 million dollars. If you are smart, you'll stay away. This includes: Turkey, Bali, Iran, Iraq, Somalia, Sudan, Pakistan, Egypt. Many of what we consider African countries are Muslim and under Islamic control. You'll see the same problems there as in typical middle eastern countries. Honor killings, stonings, bloodshed, killing of non-Muslims etc. If a country is predominantly Islamic, it is most likely a violent, female repressive country.

    June 18, 2012 at 7:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Josh P.

      Really,since when a nation invade another to help.
      By the way talking about killing,at least that Taliban only wish is to be left alone,they don,t go around invading other nations based on fabricated lies just to steal oil,Christians have practically wiped out Natives in all of the Americas,steal their lands and treasures,after that burn them at the stake if they refuse to convert,what a peaceful religion Christianity is.

      June 18, 2012 at 7:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rascal Rabble

      you're uninformed Sherri those areas lisisted also have long standing historical christian presence...the politics are hostile and condones its annihilation and itspersecution...we are talking at least 200 plus years to thousands...northern nigeria is also under attack for its christian beliefs...it the battle of lopanto is taking place and the christian world sits idle is doing nothing...

      June 18, 2012 at 8:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rascal Rabble

      correction: lepanto

      June 18, 2012 at 8:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • d

      bali is not a country

      June 19, 2012 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio)"Right Wing Insanirty "

    Obama and Putin are in Mexico "worrying about Syria

    June 18, 2012 at 10:38 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Hope

    Now, tell me, again... who are we fighting for?

    June 18, 2012 at 10:57 pm | Report abuse |
  5. HIDE BEHIND

    Forty men of the village joined up to go to war;some were artisans,bakers,tradesmen, and others ordinary laborers, but all were patriotic.

    In a land thousnds of miles away forty patriotic villagers got ready for war. bakers,tradesmen, artisans and common laborers.

    Men who each when at peace could eadily if swapped places but due to birth had never met.

    So both groups offorty men marched ltowardseachother and uponaccosting each other fired their weapons.

    Bavk amongthe two lefr behind villages in each. forty men learned new skills andtradesby which to live.

    Until the next time their leaders say we nees. forty good men to go to war.

    June 18, 2012 at 11:02 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Bill

    There surely is enough evidence to show that our efforts in Afghanistan are futile! This will never be what the rest of the world would have hoped for and it's an endless drain on resources and American lives. Time to quietly speed up the withdrawal and let these folks handle their own internal issues for a change!

    June 19, 2012 at 8:35 am | Report abuse |
  7. Phil in CO

    *Operation Afghanistan, rather. A total success in the eyes of BushBamaClinton.

    June 19, 2012 at 9:24 am | Report abuse |
  8. Old Driller

    Oopsy. Forgot to change my s/n from Philip to Old Driller.
    I am an old driller, with decades of experience throughout the world.
    If there is one man on these blogs who KNOWS how oil flows around thus world, that man would be little old me.
    He he...I just called myself "little" while in reality, I bench 900 lbs, with my left leg! he he. One thing the oilfield will do to a 17 yr. old pup is to make a big dog out of him.

    June 19, 2012 at 9:32 am | Report abuse |
  9. saywhat

    @sherri
    what an irrational and ill founded post.
    Had you visited countries like Dubai,Turkey, Malaysia, Abu Dhabi, Egypt,Jordan, Qatar, Bahrain, Pakistan and many others you would have found thousands of westerners enjoying a life style hard to get even in their own countries. Even now except for places which are split open to violence after our invasion and occupation these countries attract hordes of tourists and those wanting to settle.
    In around 50 plus muslim countries I don't see them trying to kill each other off for thousands of years.
    As Mark Twain said travel is the enemy of bigotry and prejudice, do not travel.

    June 19, 2012 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |
  10. saywhat

    And if you have some sense of history you would know that from the medieval era to 19 century and beyond its those in the West who had been trying to kill each other more than any other people on this planet and responsible for more blood shed.
    Gothic wars,Balkan campaigns, Saxon wars,Hungarian invasions,Norman conquest,Anglo French, Venetian wars,Scottish,Norwegians,13 yrs war,war of Roses,Austro hungarian, Anglo-Spanish,English civil war,Anglo-Dutch, Napolean. On and on. The list is unending.
    The whole period from 1803-1897 and 1900-1945. 1945 -1989 and 1989 -2000.
    Our own civil war, holocaust, Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Vietnam

    June 19, 2012 at 10:09 am | Report abuse |
  11. saywhat

    And yet we just get up as if from a stupor and give sweeping statements about other people. Great.

    June 19, 2012 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
  12. Ling Ling

    And that's the fact JACK! Bravo @ saywhat
    The facts of history show just how ruthless the west is.

    June 19, 2012 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
  13. Lady B

    big differene between not guilty and innocent.

    June 19, 2012 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
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