Two coalition troops killed in reported insider attack in Afghanistan
An Afghan police officer and a U.S. soldier talk near Kandahar Airfield earlier this year.
October 30th, 2012
08:03 AM ET

Two coalition troops killed in reported insider attack in Afghanistan

A man wearing an Afghan police uniform shot and killed two soldiers with the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force in southern Afghanistan on Tuesday, ISAF spokeswoman Lt. Amy Hession told CNN.

Insider attacks by Afghan soldiers and police officers - or militants wearing uniforms - have been on the rise for months.

More than 50 people have been killed in Afghanistan in similar attacks this year. The Afghan government calls the killings acts of terrorism.

The so-called "green-on-blue" attacks have triggered concerns about the stability of Afghan security forces ahead of planned NATO withdrawals in 2014.

No more details were immediately available about the gunman in Tuesday's attack.

The dead soldiers were identified as members of the Royal Gurkha Rifles - a British army regiment. Military sources said the soldiers' next of kin had been informed.

“I am saddened to report the deaths of two soldiers from 1st Battalion The Royal Gurkha Rifles who were shot and killed by a man wearing an Afghan police uniform at a checkpoint in the Nahr-e Saraj district of Helmand Province," said Maj. Laurence Roche, Task Force Helmand spokesman.

“The loss of these soldiers is a huge blow to the Royal Gurkha Rifles and everyone serving in Task Force Helmand. Our thoughts are with their families, friends and fellow Gurkhas at this time.”

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  1. JackAlias

    We need to get out now. We have wasted enough lives and money on this worthless country.

    October 30, 2012 at 8:16 am | Report abuse |

      Pls. get all of the troops out.... you cannot trust them (any of them) too many lives already lost of our American men and woman. Do the 'powers that be listen?' NO. Now they want 'special forces, etc. to stay while they pull out others and they'll be NO cover for their backs. Let those animals go.... they set up our soilders. Time to make this a voice of concern at election time.

      October 30, 2012 at 9:04 am | Report abuse |
    • SOF Troop

      @MilitaryMom, I am one of those Spec ops guys intended to clean up after the end, I have served 4 tours as of May and I am gearing up to head back over in a matter of weeks...I opposed Iraq, but to give a little context we went to afg and flattened that country(not without reason) but we need to at least try to clean the country up before we just abandon them. Now my opinion doesn't matter as I am a lowly NCO, I dont like being out there but the fact of the matter is I volunteered therefore I will go and finish the job...

      P.S. Afghanistan is a Sh!thole

      October 30, 2012 at 9:37 am | Report abuse |
    • jeff

      Two more US soldiers deaths and a proud Obama who hates the military servicemen to put 2 more feathers in his cap for his fellow muslims.

      October 30, 2012 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
    • James Minor

      @SOF Troop, I appreciate your service and I admire your sense of responsibility and duty. But truthfully we can stay and attempt to clean up until the end of time without any real results. Whatever we attempt to build will be torn down immediately after our pull out. I am afraid it would be a total waste of military resources which could be used else where because as a sheepdog you know there are always wolves looking to harm the sheeple. Just my thoughts. May God Bless and Protect you in your endeavors.

      October 30, 2012 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
    • DickPerry

      So are you going to give it back to the Indians? And is Mexico where you go next?

      October 30, 2012 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wagman

      @ jeff...Please re-read the article. They were members of the Royal Gurkha Rifles and were British.

      October 30, 2012 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jt_flyer

    Leaving is the best revenge.

    October 30, 2012 at 8:23 am | Report abuse |
  3. Tyler

    Quit giving animals weapons

    October 30, 2012 at 8:24 am | Report abuse |
  4. saywhat

    That has been the sentiment here since the Iraq war but do the powers that be listen?
    Rather, stop invading and occupying countries, squandering our national treasure and expanding precious lives. Get our act together before other powers pass us by thumbing their noses at us.

    October 30, 2012 at 8:40 am | Report abuse |
  5. barfly


    October 30, 2012 at 8:43 am | Report abuse |
  6. Kerry

    It's a pity that the majority suffer at the hands of a few. The US and coalition forces will leave but the poor innocent Afghans, who can't defend themselves, have to stay and deal with those who will force them into submission. The majority of the Afghans may want us out of their country but they should be careful what they ask for. The alternative can be a whole lot worse. We won't know until it comes down, but chances are the Taliban will instill their form of justice throughout the region.

    October 30, 2012 at 8:47 am | Report abuse |
    • Gary

      The Taliban ALREADY instill their form of justice throughout the land and we are currently there!

      October 30, 2012 at 9:23 am | Report abuse |
  7. saywhat

    While we remain unfortunately committed to protect and promote the interests of an 'ally' in the M.East and making wars, power centers and alliances are emerging elsewhere. China, Russia, India and Turkey now able to exert their influence and clout.
    Need to wake up and take notice.

    October 30, 2012 at 8:51 am | Report abuse |
  8. saywhat

    Afghans have been without our rule for centuries, its their country and culture. They will survive without us. We have to leave , the Cheney declared madness to remain there " for a 100 years' would never work. History bears witness that no power has ever been able to conquer and rule them.
    We dealt ourselves a political blow abandoning that country after the 'freedom fighters' kicked invading Soviets out for us. Got to learn from our mistakes.

    October 30, 2012 at 9:01 am | Report abuse |
  9. dave

    Time to cut our losses and get out.

    October 30, 2012 at 9:02 am | Report abuse |
  10. mannydanny34

    If the majority of the Afgans want to be oppressed by the Taliban that's there problem. Even the Afgan's who are supposedly on our side do not seem motivated. We're still there because of our leaders trying to save face. It's time for us to leave and let that country revert back to it's normal state.

    October 30, 2012 at 9:07 am | Report abuse |
  11. ronvan

    YES, get out NOW!! I am a 23yr. Army Vet., and totally support our military, BUT, right is right and WRONG IS WRONG! DO NOT try to convince me that it is in our "national security" interests to be in these two bit, sub human, countries. IF so, we are in deep trouble! Viet Nam should be an example of how useless and vain wars are. The N. Vietnamese were our enemies, and now we are friends and trade with them! The Germans were some sick people, mainly their leaders, and now are our allies & best friends! The "Civil" War killed more people than all other wars combined! WE will never learn! 1.5 BILLION muslims in the world and yet they let a FEW define & represent them and their religion? MAYBE, just maybe, it is the FEW that truly represent the muslim beleifs?

    October 30, 2012 at 9:14 am | Report abuse |
  12. RobertOKUSA

    We should have gotten out of Afghanistan years ago. Throughout history, it has proven itself time and again to be tribal, not a "nation" that some advanced country can "build." Democracy must be earned by the Afghan people, it cannot be bestowed. If the Taliban and al qaeda return to power after we are gone, we will have to fight them via other means.

    October 30, 2012 at 9:19 am | Report abuse |
  13. rightospeak

    What did they die for ? An oil pipeline from Casprian Sea to Karachi ? The best thing that we can do is GET OUT ASAP. 9/11 was a hoax that Bush and Cheney orchestrated to keep us in endless wars. The war drums keep beating from the Imperial Propaganda Machine-when will this insanity stop ?

    October 30, 2012 at 9:26 am | Report abuse |
  14. Halfy

    The article makes it clear that these aren't U.S. troops anymore – they're NATO troops. America can't leave afghanistan. NATO is in charge. So when you posters say "we" need to get out... please recognize that the majority of american voters already oppose the war. It simply does not matter what you want – your sons and daughters, your resources, your good name will all be spent for the sake of the globalist war machine.

    October 30, 2012 at 9:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Michael Johnson

      We have cowardly conservatives showing memory lost. They can't remember the state of our economy when Obama entered the White House or the 299 marines who died during Reagan in the Beirut bombing. NATO enter this war because NATO saw 9/11 as an attack on a NATO member. Conservative live in ignorance and fear much like cavemen. We live in a world were international cooperation is the best solution for many problems. Conservatives being ignorant and backwards people can't figure out we wouldn't have won WWII without other nations.

      October 30, 2012 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
    • seyedibar

      it has nothing to do with the UN. Our continued involvement has to do with the job market. Bringing all the troops home at once would crash our unemployment lines and make jobs even scarcer. Obama isn't willing to let that happen while he's simultaneously trying to create new jobs and run for office.

      October 30, 2012 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
    • Halfy

      That's what is called a "military industrial complex", and a great conservative republican president and general warned about it almost 60 years ago. A nation which maintains a professional army and creates economic growth through dependancy on those systems will be compelled to wage perpetual war to maintain them. NATO airdefense stood down on 9/11 under orders from the vice president, when they had the means and opportunity to shoot down the hijacked planes, and intercept protocol demanded that they do so. Allowing the attacks to go forward created the conditions to justify war – as with pearl harbour. So if you believe that there is such a thing as a "Just War" or that the machine of war itself can be used to promote peace – then it would seem it is you and not I, that is stuck in a state of ignorance. I see it as the greatest form of patriotic nationalism, and indeed humanism, to want to avoid war... while it seems that corporate interests of any kind, be they political, military or economic – will always create wars.

      October 30, 2012 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
  15. seyedibar

    We should never have been in this country to begin with. A decade later, it's hard to be shocked anymore. Get out of Afghanistan and stop wasting lives. Let the primitives lift themselves out of their religious prison.

    October 30, 2012 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
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