February 1st, 2012
12:13 PM ET

Lawmakers address attacks by Afghans on U.S. troops

A congressional panel Wednesday took up the uneasy topic of Afghan security forces turning on their international allies, incidents that have fueled mutual distrust at a critical juncture of the long-running conflict.

Rep. Buck McKeon, the California Republican who chairs the Armed Services Committee, said that existing security procedures failed to identify 42 attackers between 2007 and 2011; 39 of those attacks were by members of the Afghan National Security Force and three by contracted employees.

"This is 42 attacks too many, and the new process must do better," McKeon said.

That number did not include the latest incident, in which a man wearing an Afghan National Army uniform killed a coalition forces member in southern Afghanistan on Tuesday.

The panel heard testimony from four defense officials who laid out delicate issues pertaining to Afghan security forces, among them the vetting of Afghans brought onto coalition bases to provide security.

The defense officials said that in 58% of cases, the attackers were not puppets of insurgent groups but acted on their own accord, perhaps over a personal dispute.

Such disputes can arise from cultural misunderstanding, religious and ideological friction or combat stress, said Brig. Gen. Stephen Townsend, director of the Pakistan/Afghanistan Coordination Cell in the Joint Chiefs of Staff office.

He said cultural training has been vital for U.S. soldiers and now, the Afghans are considering doing the same in providing better understanding of Americans.

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  1. Philip

    Sheesh! I might as well have "your comment is awaiting moderation" as my new s/n. he he

    February 1, 2012 at 10:12 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Philip

    The 9/11 family lawsuits name Bush(s), 26 members of the Bin Laden Family (not Osama though) , retarded Marvin Bush's Securacom Trade Tower Complex, Dulles Aifield, Boston Logan security corporation, several Members of The Carlyle Group, members of the Royal House of Saud, and a handful of American Airlines executives. These are who the victims family lawsuits name. Who do YOU name?

    February 1, 2012 at 10:18 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Philip

    Bobcat(IAH) aka Tomcat aka Tom Harlins has in fact visited http://www.firefightersfor911truth.org, yet says nothing. This website, founded by an FDNY Merit Class 1 Prentice award winning Fireman has the results of an investigation that actually follows mandated standard procedures that were being ignored by FDNY fire investigators on 9/11. It also has the laughable evidence the Bush Jr. WH presented to federal judges in hopes of securing an indictment against OBL (RIP) A judge did issue an indictment against OBL...in 1998, the year he became wanted by the FBI. Not one US JUDGE Indicted OBL for 9/11. You KNOW that they wanted an indictment. If you ever saw the evidence presented, you would laugh too.

    February 1, 2012 at 10:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • leeintulsa

      umm.. obl said he did it.. i saw him..

      February 1, 2012 at 10:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy ©

      Tomcat is not Bobcat.
      Bobcat is older than tomcat, for one, and Bobcat is retiring soon…
      Not to mention that tomcat lives in Texas, and Bobcat lives in Alabama…
      I am also friends with Tom on FB…
      Your deductive reasoning’s, “feelers,” or whatever you want to call it is way off.

      February 1, 2012 at 10:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy ©

      And it’s Harkins.

      February 1, 2012 at 10:47 pm | Report abuse |
  4. bobcat (in a hat)©

    Let me assure you once and for all. I am not this Tomcat character you want to keep reffering to. I have no idea what ever made you think I am. If you have a grudge with him, please wait till he posts again so you and he can handle it.

    February 1, 2012 at 10:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy ©

      You're both firemen.

      February 1, 2012 at 10:49 pm | Report abuse |
  5. bobcat (in a hat)©

    And also, I have not ever visited http//www.firefightersfor91truth.org, or any other conspiracy theory site for that matter.

    February 1, 2012 at 10:50 pm | Report abuse |
  6. bobcat (in a hat)©

    So in Philips mind that makes me one and the same. Excellent deduction.

    February 1, 2012 at 10:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy ©

      You also have 'cat' in your username.
      And yes, the flying monkeys are housebroken, but I'm having a slight problem with getting them to flush...

      February 1, 2012 at 11:06 pm | Report abuse |
  7. bobcat (in a hat)©

    Oh yes, now I can see how that cat moniker could be confusing. Geesh

    February 1, 2012 at 11:11 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Bill


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