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. Mary

    Unfortunately When I have something intelligent to say it gets deleted
    and these will be again and again deleted.
    Communism at it's FINEST !!!

    February 1, 2012 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
  2. leeintulsa

    i've had several deleted in the past few.. even passive, on topic posts. guess we need to write and complain..

    February 1, 2012 at 7:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy ©

      They are trying to get rid of the trolls and the off-topic chatter.
      I guess we should be careful what we wish for…

      February 1, 2012 at 7:44 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Mary

    @ leeintulsa, I just would like to have the same freedoms every one else has here. I really don't care who it is.

    February 1, 2012 at 7:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy ©

      Email Nicole at Nicole.Saidi@turner.com
      All of our posts get deleted.

      February 1, 2012 at 7:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • leeintulsa

      oh, i'm with you.. i'm feeling violated.. and i don't have to come here for *that*..

      February 1, 2012 at 7:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy ©

      leeintulsa, what *do* you come here for…?

      February 1, 2012 at 7:45 pm | Report abuse |
  4. leeintulsa

    @banasy: SEE? lol.. we need the trolls.. it shows we're free..

    once they start deleting posts, where do they stop?

    February 1, 2012 at 7:51 pm | Report abuse |
  5. leeintulsa

    also @banasy: mental stimulation 🙂

    February 1, 2012 at 7:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy ©

      I don’t mind the trolls so much if they don’t steal our names…

      Mental stimulation.
      Me, too, lol 😉

      February 1, 2012 at 8:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • leeintulsa

      the trolls are, like, canaries in a coal mine

      February 1, 2012 at 8:45 pm | Report abuse |
  6. bobcat (in a hat)©

    Actually I think we come here for the abuse we take from time to time. Cause we we sure do get it.
    Whoops, this is off topic too, so I guess I can say bye bye to this post.

    February 1, 2012 at 8:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy ©

      I just like most of the people here…
      This will get pulled…watch…
      At least I’m not getting accused anymore!
      Anyone want to buy a flying monkey?

      February 1, 2012 at 8:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • leeintulsa

      logicly, these off-topic, complaining about arbitrary deletions posts won't get deleted. only the meaningful stuff

      February 1, 2012 at 8:41 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Philip

    The United States government fronted Osama Bin Laden 50 million dollars to help Afghanistan stop the Soviet invasion. Americans referred to Bin Laden as a "freedom fighter".Meanwhile, Salim Bib laden, Osama's brother, was a regulat guest of the Bush family, and in fact loaned Dubya Bush 5 million dollars to start his "Arbusto Energy" scam when his dad, HW Bush, refused to loan money to his drunkard cocaine addict son. Before Dubya could pay-back The 5 mil., Salim dies in a freak plane crash near Houston. These two cozy families, Bush&Bin Laden, helped get the Carlyle Group become what it is today. 9/11 victim's family lawsuits name these men in their family lawsuits. When the Taliban ruled Afghamistan, poppy production was near zero, as was Afghanistans HIV. Now, poppy production is up over 800%, and their HIV rate rivals RUFFNUTT'S trailer park. You need to get-over this idea that you have...that just because it says "American Military" it's about God&Country. It's not. It's about corporate fascism.

    February 1, 2012 at 9:07 pm | Report abuse |
  8. bobcat (in a hat)©

    Are those monkeys house broken ?

    February 1, 2012 at 9:11 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Philip

    @Bobcat...Usama Bin Laden did in fact work for the US government helping Afghanistan defend itself from Soviet invaders. But by 1998, enough evidence had been gathered against Usama for a US federal judge to issued an indictment and order the arrest of OBL on suspicion he had played a part in the bombing of a foreign embassy. 1998 was the year OBL made the FBI's ten most-wanted list. No American judge ever saw enough evidence to suspect or indict OBL for 9/11, and the FBI never listed anything 9/11 related as cause to go after him. Most Americans just took Geo. Dubya's word on it, never bothering to even look at the flimsy evidence presented to fed. judges in hopes of at least one judge actually indicting OBL for 9/11. The man was murdered before he could be arrested and face a US court...just like Al Capone/mobsters used to do.

    February 1, 2012 at 9:26 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Philip

    9/11 Victim's family lawsuits do NOT, and NEVER have named OBL in their lawsuits. In fact, not one US Federal Judge EVER saw enough evidence to indict OBL for ANYTHING 9/11 related. In 1998, a fed. judge did in fact indict OBL on suspicion of being involved in an embassy bombing, and in 1998, OBL made the FBI's ten most wanted list. How is it that you all can see things Fedral Judges can't?

    February 1, 2012 at 9:34 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Philip

    fact: 9/11 Victim's family lawsuits NEVER named Osama Bin Laden as the culprit. They named members of The Carlyle Group, retarded Marvin Bush's Securacom corporation, members of the Bin Laden family who are also members of the Carlyle Group, several members of the Royal House of Saud, American Airlines executives, etc. Most American's still believe OBL did it, none of those "believers" are members of the victims families who are still pursuing Justice in US Courts.

    February 1, 2012 at 9:43 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Philip

    "awaitting moderation"...@CNN, I'm pointing out that the 9/11 victims families never named Osama Bin Laden in their lawsuits as a way to demonstrate what's happened in Afghanistan, if you don't mind.

    February 1, 2012 at 9:46 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Mary

    Two words that would describe the Carlyle Group and the American influence over the BIS would be "Global Constabulary". Hence; The history of occupations from America.

    February 1, 2012 at 9:56 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Philip

    ...only 17 of the 3,000 or so 9/11 victims families turned down Geo. Bush's publicly announce 500,000 dollar bribe to drop their lawsuits that named HIM and his Carlyle Group associates that included 26 members of the Bin Laden Family. The lawsuits even name retarded Marvin Bush's Securacom corp., but not OBL. Those who took the bribe signed waivers, and are under federal gag orders. How is it that about 2/3 of adult Americans still believe OBL did it? He was indicted by a fed. judge, but that was back in 1998, and the judge had seen enough evidence to indict OBL. Not one federal judge saw enough evidence to even indict OBL for anything 9/11 related, yet you think he did it anyway. Too much TV I reckon.

    February 1, 2012 at 9:58 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Philip

    Banasy has told us on a few occassions that she herself is a member of one of the 9/11 victim's families. My question for her is, are you related to one of the 17 families who turned-down Bush's publicly offered 500,000 dollar cash bribe to drop their lawsuits, or one of the 3,000 who accepted it? (and signed waivers, and were placed under a federal gag order to never discuss this in public ever again)

    February 1, 2012 at 10:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy ©

      With all due respect, I would rather have my fingers cut off and my tongue torn out than to ever, *EVER* give you any information about myself or my family ever again.
      I have seen how you’ve used the information.

      February 1, 2012 at 10:28 pm | Report abuse |
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