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. saywhat

    There is a limit to pushing people in foreign lands to kill their own, when we are killing them too.
    Time to get out.
    Hope the peace talks with Talibans that we have been seeking for some time now and have been reportedly initiated, succeed and this madness ends.

    But would it really end? Israel's boot planted firmly on the collected behind of our political leadership pushes us closer to another disaster – Iran.
    God help this blessed country & its people.

    February 1, 2012 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Brigadier Crazy Paws

    @ saywhat,
    Agreed! It could be Iran or Venezuela that's next on AMERICIA'S hit list.

    February 1, 2012 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Pete/Ark

    when your "ally" is a greater threat than you enemy...it's time to get out.

    February 1, 2012 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Buscho Oil

    @Bocat. Get a clue. There were no "al quida" before the US invaded Afghanistan. In fact, the US and UK hired Isama bin Laden and his henchmen to help the Taliban fight the invading Russians, who were ousted long before 9/11. Americans used to call Bin Laden a "freedom fighter". Perhaps you aren't old enough to remember US forces invading Afghanistan under the pretext "get Bin Laden" and got the Taliban instead.

    February 1, 2012 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Buscho Oil

    ...you see, the then Soviet Union oil corporation wanted Afghanistan for the same reason Bushco's Carlyle Group did: the Trans Afghan pipeline Infrastructure...the direct route from the Caspian Basin to China. The Soviet Union fell, and it's southern states became little "stan" countires whose crooked leaders sold their rights to the basins oil to the Carlyle Group for pennies on the dollar. The oilwells were worthless to anyone who couldn't afford to pay Halliburton to refurbish them or strong enough to take-out the Taliban's Afghanistan. George HW and W. Bush had the strength (commander in chiefs) and Bush's Carlyle Group with it's 26 ultra-wealthy Bin Laden family members had the funds. Not to mention US tax dollars being used. Conspiracy theory? Nope. This is history, not conspiracy.

    February 1, 2012 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
  6. leeintulsa

    the boot of israel is on the collective tail of goddies in congress..

    iran is all about god..

    if we could leave god out of it, iran wouldn't even be an issue..

    February 1, 2012 at 6:48 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Mary

    One of the most dam ning pieces of evidence is the fact that Bush Sr. and the Head of the Bin Laden family were at the same Carlyle Group meeting just a few blocks away from where the high-jackers attacked the Pentagon on 911.
    That's FACT not conspiracy. Now tell me that's NOT an 'inside job"

    February 1, 2012 at 6:59 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Mary

    @ bobcat (in a hat)©, Youtube (9/11 Coincidences) and look at (14/19)

    February 1, 2012 at 7:04 pm | Report abuse |
  9. bobcat (in a hat)©

    @Buscho Oil

    You may want to get a clue yourself. Alqeda was was helping the taliban when we got there. If you will remember correctly, when when we got intelligence rereports of bin Laden being in the Tora Bora area, we concentrated a very heavy bombardment of that area.
    It would probably do you well to research your information before you post, instead of throwing this BS out here.

    February 1, 2012 at 7:10 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Mary

    One of the most dam ning pieces of evidence is the fact that Bush Sr. and the Head of the Bin Laden family were at the same Carlyle Group meeting just a few blocks away from where the high-jackers attacked the Pentagon on 911.
    That's FACT not conspiracy. Now tell me that's NOT an 'inside job"
    Why is it that I am being censored. The Cnn moderators are watching this blog every second and deleting me. Why ?

    this is on topic

    February 1, 2012 at 7:15 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Mary

    To whom ever is doing this, it's obvious that what I said was intelligent and therefore your not happy in the least. Sorry but this is spooky. I'm going to keep posting this

    February 1, 2012 at 7:18 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Mary

    test

    February 1, 2012 at 7:18 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Mary

    To whom ever is doing this, it's obvious that what I said was intelligent and therefore your not happy in the least. Sorry but this is spooky. I'm going to keep posting this

    What am I doing that you don't like?

    February 1, 2012 at 7:19 pm | Report abuse |
  14. bobcat (in a hat)©

    I know Mary. I've had three of my posts deleted already.

    February 1, 2012 at 7:19 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Mary

    @ bobcat (in a hat)©, who is it? this is WRONG! I wish who ever it is would just respond to my posts. And what Philip says IS true. Check out that Youtube video I posted

    February 1, 2012 at 7:21 pm | Report abuse |
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