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. john

    So, will our Commander in Chief just keep letting our servicemen and women keep getting killed for two more years for NOTHING because that's what his timetable says?

    Remember the daily news tallies they laid at Bush's feet? How many have died under Obama? In Afghanistan, it's been TWICE as many in HALF the time.

    RobertOKUSA is correct. Afghanistan is tribal. It is no nation and there is no national sentiment. There is nothing there to build.

    October 30, 2012 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
    • sir

      lbj was worse

      October 30, 2012 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
    • Lancedg79

      you seem to forget the 5,000+ troops that died in Iraq for NO reason under Bush... how conviniently short term your memory is

      October 30, 2012 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
    • Delta

      The commander in chief is still much better than the alternative. Romney does not even like to have a time table. He wants the troops in Afghanistan indefinitely and unconditionally.

      October 30, 2012 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Khalid Mian

      to protect our only ally in the world Israel and to keep our money mafia happy, we have to keep fighting else Israel would have been swamped by Muslim terorists
      few dozen deaths every month for security o Israel is nothing we kill more American on our roads.

      October 30, 2012 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jay

    I'm a US NATO troop in Kandahar right now. If you're not or have never been here, you have no clue what's actually going on. It's ridiculous here and we need to get out NOW. Not all Afghans are bad people, but the few that are dangerous disable trust for the rest of them. When President No. 43 started this war, he had no clue that it would go on for this long. Pull out, drop bombs, and move on. Truman had it right.

    October 30, 2012 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
    • rdsink

      You're a professional Soldier so take a deep breath and recover your bearing. Believe me I know what you're going through first hand but venting this on a open source site isn't the right thing to do. You have me utmost respect. So, keep your head on a swivel and safe guard against complacency.

      October 30, 2012 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Melinda

      I agree with Jay. KEEP telling the truth about what is really going on over there. The people here are jaded into believing Obama is looking out for you. But I know better, as I also have a loved one in Afghanistan right now. No troop support, air or ground. Can't fire a weapon to defend themselves unless they've been fired on first. Even when they are watching known Taliban try to use wire cutters to get through the fences around their posts. It's pathetic and his "drawdown plan" was nothing but a politcal ploy to try to make people think he was "bringing the boys home." Add, 30,000 (+ -) to build up the surge, then take away 30,000. I believe that puts you right back where you started. But boy, has it made him look like a Saviour in some people's eyes. Take out Karzai and we might have a chance to get something done. He dictates what can and can't be done in his country but expects us to protect them? It's a shame civilians have to be killed, but it's happened since the beginning of time. Lives have to be given up in order to have a free society. We had our Civil War and lost hundreds of thousands. It's time for them to do the same, without us!

      October 30, 2012 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • jflood

      If you are over there right now and you are a service member then you know that you have NO Business providing a political opinion. You need to keep that to yourself do your job and get home safely!

      October 30, 2012 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  3. US_DOJ_Gov

    Uniforms need to be changed & re-designed of AFGHAN POLICE.

    New uniforms must be stored in secure vault guarded by U.S. Military.

    New uniforms must be assigned to verified individuals & returned to vault after EACH SHIFT.


    October 30, 2012 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
    • sir

      real practical fella. did you graduate 6th grade?

      October 30, 2012 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
    • Delta

      @US_DOJ_Gov – The Tea Party ideas like you mentioned here are always good to hear. Please keep that brain going on steroids!

      October 30, 2012 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
    • Rick

      End the breach by getting out of there, and if needed drop the bombs. No need for more military deaths in that cesspool.

      October 30, 2012 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Dennis

    Many more died as a result of the invasion of Iraq under the Bush administration.I am certain you can read and add up numbers,can't you?

    October 30, 2012 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      This article is about Afghanistan, not Iraq. Iraq was for the most part a success because it allowed the people to openly vote and choose their own form of government. It is still a dangerous country but in the long run Iraq will be better off for our involvement.
      Afghanistan is a hole. It will never conform to the rules of a decent society. The reason is because of the secular groups within that aweful country wanting control and using religion to justify the killing of innocent people.
      Afghanistan is not worth the boots we have on the ground.
      If we get out and let them all kill each other we'd be better off. If we see them harboring terrorists we can always send in a drone. There is no reason for a single U.S. troop to beon the ground there.

      October 30, 2012 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
  5. Reed Rolai

    Can you say, "Profiling"? Don't allow these people into our bases. US, stop being so blind. These people want to kill us, they hate us even the ones you guys trust. These people have been killing people for thousands of years what makes you think they will stop now? What makes you think they have changed for the better? What makes you think????

    October 30, 2012 at 10:32 am | Report abuse |
    • Hawk

      The bases in Afghanistan are AFGHAN bases because they are in AFGHANISTAN. It is the Afghans that shouldn't allow invaders into their bases. The police and soldiers are doing what they are trained to do...Defend their country from the occupying forces

      October 30, 2012 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
  6. mike

    I think we need to keep fighting terrorism no matter how long it takes. And remember freedom is not free, it never will be. You all have a good day , hooah .

    October 30, 2012 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Hawk

      Do I sense sarcasm? Yeah, we should blindly fight random people for the next 100 years.

      October 30, 2012 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
    • timmaahhyy

      There is no honor in a fight you cannot win.

      October 30, 2012 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
  7. Reed Rolai

    Just look at the Afgan soldier looking at the American soldier in the above photo. If there was a caption over his head it would say something like, "You're going to die today and you don't even know it"

    October 30, 2012 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
  8. leahcim4

    I am sick and tired of the Bush wars. Get our troops out of that whole area now. We have been spending too much money and lives in those tribal countries..........with NO success............Mr Obama, get us out now.
    Our country needs more help than both of those corrupt countries.

    October 30, 2012 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
  9. Paleo Conservative

    Whatever happened to the anti-war liberals of the Democratic Party?

    They have been very quiet over the past four years.

    October 30, 2012 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Rick

      Funny how that happens with a Democrat in the White House 🙂

      October 30, 2012 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Rosslaw

    Anyone who says "lead from the front" or "boots on the ground" should be immediately transported to the Afghan-Pakistan border region.

    October 30, 2012 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Paul Nelson

    My son served in Afghanistan for a year, the people do not want us there and don't appreciate us being there, so why are we there ? We are making no difference there whatsoever except to endanger the lives of our sons and daughters. Who has the nerve to bring our soldiers home and let that country fend for themselves ?

    October 30, 2012 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
  12. boltshaker

    President Obama is an idiot... C'mon November.

    October 30, 2012 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Irfan

    Amazing as it sounds, NATO, the world’s most powerful military alliance, may be losing the only war the 61-year old pact every fought. All its soldiers, heavy bombers, tanks, helicopter gunships, armies of mercenaries, and electronic gear are being beaten by a bunch of lightly-armed Afghan farmers and mountain tribesmen.
    Obama appears to want out of the Afghan War. His final gamble of sending 30,000 more troops into the $7.5 billion monthly war has so far failed to produce the hoped-for decisive victory. But powerful pro-war groups, including the Pentagon, the arms industry and Republicans, are thwarting the weakened Obama’s attempts to wind down the war.
    US, Canadian and European politicians who backed the Afghan War fear admitting the conflict was a huge waste of lives and treasure. Their political careers hang in the balance. So what are 110,000 US troops and 40,000 NATO troops doing in Afghanistan? Certainly not nation-building. Most reports show Afghanistan is in worse poverty and distress than before the US invasion.
    The only hope remains to work closely with Pakistan to tackle this issue politically with least military option like Pakistan does at their side of tribal areas on Afghan border through its political agent system and force India to refrain from arming terror groups through its notorious intel agency RAW!!!!..

    October 30, 2012 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  14. vatoloke

    Let's just bug out now. No matter what we accomplish there, we'd have to stay there forever to hold on to any gains because the minute we leave the Taliban will come out of their holes and take over again.

    October 30, 2012 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Khalid Mian

    to protect our only ally in the world Israel and to keep our money maia happy, we have to keep fighting else Israel would have been swamped by Muslim terorists
    few dozen deaths every month for security o Israel is nothing we kill more American on our roads.

    October 30, 2012 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
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