August 24, 2012

How Many Insider Attacks Are Taliban?

Mark Thompson, Battleland

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Make no mistake about it: when Afghan “insiders” turn their weapons on their U.S. and coalition allies and kill them, most either escape or are killed in the act. So gleaning intelligence about motivation can be tough. Forty NATO troops, including 25 Americans, have been killed in such “green-on-blue” attacks this year.

But even given the thin evidentiary gruel, it has been surprising to see the varying Pentagon assessments of what share of these attacks are being conducted by Taliban infiltrators, as opposed to just generally ticked-off Afghan troops motivated by anger, petulance or other real or perceived slights.

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