September 5th, 2012
10:43 AM ET

Afghanistan fires troops over insider attacks

Afghanistan has fired hundreds of troops as part of its investigation of insider attacks, the country announced Wednesday.

"Based on our investigations, hundreds of Afghan army soldiers have been detained and sacked from the army over the incident of insider attacks," said Gen. Zahir Azimi, a Defense Ministry spokesman.

The country launched investigations in coordination with international forces, he said. "This is a big concern for the Afghan president and the Afghan Defense Ministry."

U.S. Special Operations Forces have suspended the training of some police recruits while they double-check the background of the current police force, NATO's International Security Assistance Force announced Sunday.

The moves follow a growing number of attacks on NATO troops by people dressed as Afghan police or soldiers.

This year, 35 such attacks have killed 45 people, U.S. Army Maj. Adam Wojack, a spokesman for the ISAF, told CNN on Wednesday.

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  1. Portland tony

    AND the woman in the photo is?

    September 5, 2012 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
  2. saywhat

    Good morning @Portland tony.
    So firing some troops would kill the anti-US occupation sentiment on the ground?
    We continue to refuse to learn from lessons of history and our mistakes.

    September 5, 2012 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Portland tony

    The vetting of the Afghan soldiers and police has as much to do with the self preservation of the Afgan forces as it does preventing more attacks on NATO personnel. After we're gone the Afghan hierarchy still has to deal with so-called friendly fire by infiltrators.

    September 5, 2012 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
  4. saywhat

    Once we are gone (if that happens at all?) Taliban would have to be part of whatever shape governance takes during the transition & thereafter. India, Pakistan and Iran of necessity and in their own interest would push for stability unless we take it upon ourselves to remain the guardians of Afghan's destiny which would be a mistake.
    There undoubtedly be a period of uncertainty after our withdrawal ,Karzai has no place in the scheme of things to come.

    The tribal culture would eventually take hold, new alliances would emerge and the international community may or may not see it fit to be involved in the reconstruction. It will be upto the regional powers.

    September 5, 2012 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • nitpicky nate

      Why is it always up to a bunch of idiots? Why can't we put scientists in charge? Get some of those fat sociologists off their backsides and put them to work building countries out of the muck?

      September 5, 2012 at 10:24 pm | Report abuse |
  5. saywhat

    Destroy countries and then leave them to be built "out of that muck"? The extent of destruction manifest not only in destroyed bldgs, homes, farms, infrastructure, human toll, spirit, emotional scars, hate and despair, sense of helplessness and on and on. What could scientists do??

    September 5, 2012 at 11:45 pm | Report abuse |
  6. saywhat

    The whole madness and lust for war has to be stopped.

    September 5, 2012 at 11:46 pm | Report abuse |
  7. ccbc

    i think that the Afghan Government needs to do a better job to recurit people in their military Such as better backround check's and psychology test to test their mental health. The government also needs to have harsh pushment to push and to prevent it from happing again. I am shock that they did'nt chech their background before the attacks happend and before the enlisted in the military and the police force. I think the pushment should be life in prision or the death penality. Also, if the Afghan Governemnt have supect some of their military and police force are loyal to the Taliban, they should investigate and put them on trial in they are loyal to the Taliban.

    September 6, 2012 at 8:44 am | Report abuse |