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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    There is no room for partisanship in debates or conversations about war; as soon as u say "Obama this" or "Bush's war that" you lose half your audience. Change will never be affected without consensus. So what can we agree on? The deaths of 9/11 could not go unanswered. We cannot allow terrorists to have a safe haven from which to plan and strike at the US from. The current goals in Afghanistan are unrealistic and unattainable on any reasonable or foreseeable timeline. So in my opinion pull all conventional forces from the country and return it to the fight it started out as and should have always remained. Leave the CIA, JSOC, and the Air Force there to do what they do best without a bunch of politics in the way that come with large conventional forces. And leave the afghan people to live their backward lives however they want without the threat of us; they have enough to worry about from their own people. Trust me I've spent almost three of the worst years of my life there all together.

    October 30, 2012 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Nino

    and more will get killed. just wait and watch, its pointless for NATO to stay in Afghanistan

    October 30, 2012 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Sharman

    The point is that, the U.S supported a group of Afghans who (like the U.S) were keen to overthrow Taliban. The fact is that these people had 10 different reasons why they wanted the Taliban and Bin Laden out of the way. Not all of them were thinking of ushering in democracy. The U.S wanted to finish Bin Laden and Taleban, so they joined forces with this group or groups. Now that Bin Laden is out and Taleban weakened, each of these groups wants to implement their own objectives. The U.S and allied forces have become a pain in the neck for them. The U.S and forces are unwelcome intruders for both sides now. So my dear Americans, just get out, spend some time with your families and have a great X'mas at home.

    October 30, 2012 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Reed Rolai


      October 30, 2012 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Archyle

    Shouldnt they call it blue on green? Since it blue clad jihadis killing can wearing soldiers?

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

      It is called a 'green on blue' attack because NATO coalition forces are represented by the color blue.

      October 30, 2012 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Archyle

    Here is a thought, don't arm recruits who have been with the force for less than a year. Create a task force to spy on them during that year and hack all thier coms, they do it to US Citizens all day every day for no reason, might as well do it to protect our soldiers and allies.

    October 30, 2012 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  6. SugarKube

    There have been more US deaths in Afghanistan in Barry's 4 pitiful years than in 8 years of Bush.

    October 30, 2012 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Reed Rolai

    So, CNN, was my last comment too much to the truth, is that why my "freedom of speech" was not honored?

    October 30, 2012 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Reed Rolai

      My humble apologies CNN. Regards, Reed Rolai

      October 30, 2012 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Reed Rolai

    OK, my bad, I pushed the wrong frickin button. Here I go again.
    We need to put ourselves in the shoes of the Afgan people. If Afgan soldiers came to our country and told us how and what to do, we would shoot them too, I am sure of that. We need to get out of those violent countries and let them fight their own wars.

    October 30, 2012 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob

      LOL yah the fear the a afgan sldier would have upon us as he rides up on his camel. The nice thing about having over half the citizens of this country armed is that we aren't to worried about another army coming in telling us what to do.

      October 30, 2012 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |


    October 30, 2012 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Sagebrush Shorty

    Regardless of who is at fault for getting us involved in this primitive country we should just admit our mistakes and get out.
    Muslims don't want our help so let them solve their own problems. The entire country of Afghanistan is not worth one American life.

    October 30, 2012 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  11. ghost

    I see America has its share of IDIOTS. Blame everything on the POTUS. You repugs are sick people. It was the repugs who put us in harms way. It is the repugs who wants to stay there. You IDIOTS also want to go to war with IRAN if you had a chance to win in Nov. WAKE UP America. The repugs should become an afterthought in this country. Enough is enough. I say the next war should be fought with only the kids from the rich people. I bet they will stop the war crap talk. How bout it Mitt? OBAMA/BIDEN 2012

    October 30, 2012 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Nepali usa

    Shame on the British Army. They have been using Nepalese citizens ( The Gurkhas ) to shield their fellow british soldiers from harm by putting the Gurkhas in the front line. This has been going on like this for centuries since they signed a peace treaty with the Nepalese Government in the eighteenth century.

    October 30, 2012 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sean

      Yeah. Shameful for the British Army.

      October 30, 2012 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sagebrush Shorty

      That's why it was called the "Brutish" Army at the time.

      October 30, 2012 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Laura B

    My husband is the soldier depicted at the top of this article and I am respectfully asking that another picture be used. If one only reads the headline than looks at the picture it seems as though my husband was killed. I'm not sure who to contact to have this addressed but hoped this would be a good place to start.

    October 30, 2012 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Leon

    It seems as though more and more Afgans are betraying us.

    October 30, 2012 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Cassarit

    That's two less future police mobsters to worry about.
    Thanks Talibans.

    October 30, 2012 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
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