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. Charlie Bond

    Thanks for removing my posts. Freedom?

    October 30, 2012 at 7:35 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Charlie Bond

    Some 21,000 children die every day around the world.

    That is equivalent to:

    1 child dying every 4 seconds
    14 children dying every minute
    A 2011 Libya conflict-scale death toll every day
    A 2010 Haiti earthquake occurring every 10 days
    A 2004 Asian Tsunami occurring every 11 days
    An Iraq-scale death toll every 19–46 days
    Just under 7.6 million children dying every year
    Some 92 million children dying between 2000 and 2010
    The silent killers are poverty, hunger, easily preventable diseases and illnesses, and other related causes. Despite the scale of this daily/ongoing catastrophe, it rarely manages to achieve, much less sustain, prime-time, headline coverage.

    October 30, 2012 at 7:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • dot

      Thats 21000 less mouths to feed. A good thing if you ask me.

      October 30, 2012 at 9:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brian

      " it rarely manages to achieve, much less sustain, prime-time, headline coverage.".....

      That's because it implies birth control which is offensive to dogmatic theology – especially Catholic theology.

      October 30, 2012 at 9:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dylan


      October 30, 2012 at 11:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • 1307

      Remember Daniel Pearl? Keep on topic...There is no excuse for this to happen period. Its like me saying that the storm Sandy is a message from God because the states that were worst hit were Republican states and God wants Obama. Stupid comments...No wonder the world is out of line, its because of selfish philosophy and religious blindness.

      October 31, 2012 at 2:31 am | Report abuse |
  3. Jordan

    2 British troops die and they post a picture of a U.S troop...

    October 30, 2012 at 8:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sinbad

      Although the Ghurkha's are part of the British army they are Nepalese, they are some of the fiercest warriors in the world. My father who served in Burma during WWII was in total awe of these silent soldiers.

      About time the British Government gave these fearless men more recognition.

      October 31, 2012 at 2:53 am | Report abuse |
  4. jaysonrex

    It takes moral courage to admit that NATO intervention in Afghanistan was and continues to be a terrible mistake. The West should leave the Afghan people to their own devices and, when necessary, use the Air Force to liquidate Taliban terrorists and their allies.

    Hopefully, with Mitt Romney as the new President, the US Armed Forces will radically change its approach to Islamic terrorism by killing them all without a single exception. And the sooner, the better.

    October 30, 2012 at 8:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • DonMcLaughlin

      I think a more realistic description of this NATO operation is ..... Removing the Evil group that fostered 9/11 was both necessary and within our realistic grasp. Allowing that mission to "creep" into a full blown "nation building" was a visionary and perhaps naive but well meaning undertaking. Some peoples have the courage and wisdom to put aside tribal and religious differences in search of a better living for all. Lesson for AMerica; You cannot put such ventures as representative government on "Pause" while you fight elsewhere!
      Diverting the necessary resources to undertake a "fools errand" in Iraq was the guarantee that both would fail. The never debated question in EITHER country was and is ... are these people willing to be governed ... any less brutally than Saddam required?
      The apparent answer...No. ( We also learned in Iraq, that a staff of political hacks is not the proper skill mix to rebuild a nation!)

      October 30, 2012 at 11:09 pm | Report abuse |
  5. E


    October 30, 2012 at 8:51 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Justin from Australia

    From my sadden heart. Thank you my fallen friends for what you have given up.

    October 30, 2012 at 9:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Adam Klein

      Well put. Tonight we toast to the Royal Gurkha Rifles; the finest soldiers in the British Army. I think the Taliban should toast to the fact the British won't let them fight out in the open...otherwise this war would be going much differently

      October 31, 2012 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
  7. Gazza

    Wouldn't be turning my back on the Afghan in that photo.

    October 30, 2012 at 10:19 pm | Report abuse |
  8. JimRied

    muzzies make GREAT "allies"....

    October 31, 2012 at 2:55 am | Report abuse |
  9. neal

    I think that we should continue to help those people that are suffering under the taliban and other hard line groups. In reference to the Afghan people, especially the younger generation, we should continue to lend a helping hand even after 2014. What will then happen if we stop helping the opperssed people? They would disappear ( I.E. murdered) and their families would then try and blame the United States for abbandoning them when they could use the extra help. How would you feel if, lets say POTUS decided to join the taliban and restric our way of life? MR. PRESIDENT if you are reading this blog I mean no disrespect , but someone has to lash out at all of these simple minded people. I know for a fact, MR. PRESIDENT that you would never join forces with all of the evil that is brewing in the world at this time. It just hurts my feelings just thinking that people are willing to leave oppressed people on their own. I feel that if President Karzai had asked politely for continued support, you would be more than happy to provide it to him.

    October 31, 2012 at 8:31 am | Report abuse |
  10. ali

    war of america is useless and endless in afg.imagine a nation who sale bombs remnant and buy bread..can u empower themÂżno"`war taught them many tactics . Their journey is too long either Nato stay or leave

    October 31, 2012 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
  11. Antiquity

    Green on blue attacks are probably false flags in some vane attempt to keep forces engaged in the middle east.

    October 31, 2012 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
  12. TheWordpressGhost

    Sad. It is difficult to tell the family when it is combat or training.

    But what can you say when it is treason or terrorists?

    October 31, 2012 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
  13. ronvan

    It is way past time to get out of these two bit countries who live to kill and do not want change! They can, and do, kill each other each day, so just let them continue. WE, the U.S.A., are NOT going to change them. Their children are raised from birth to hate & kill. Their religion and their religious leaders SUPPORT all of this! The ONLY ones interested in keeping this going is the MIC and those making money!!!

    October 31, 2012 at 11:14 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Timothy

    Why do these soldiers wear sunglasses when tying to talk to the afghan people. In most cultures, talking to someone wearing sub glasses would be considered rude, and tying to hide you real intention? I am surprised their commandeers did not talk to these soldiers about communicating to people in other cultures, Its Sad!!!

    November 6, 2012 at 7:33 pm | Report abuse |
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