Thursday, February 02, 2012

Man in Afghan Army Uniform Kills NATO Soldier

A man in an Afghan army uniform shot dead a soldier with NATO-led forces in southern Afghanistan, a spokesman said Wednesday, just days after four French soldiers died in a similar shooting.

The latest incident happened on Tuesday, NATO's International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said, without giving further details or the nationality of the victim.

"An individual wearing an Afghan National Army uniform turned his weapon against an International Security Assistance Force service member in southern Afghanistan yesterday, killing one service member," ISAF said in a statement.

On January 20, a renegade Afghan army soldier turned on his French trainers in Kapisa near the capital Kabul, killing four.

The killings prompted French President Nicolas Sarkozy to briefly suspend the French training mission in Afghanistan. He later ordered the withdrawal of all French combat troops by 2013, a year earlier than a planned NATO exit.

Dozens of NATO troops have been killed by their Afghan colleagues, and while some deaths have been claimed by Taliban insurgents, analysts say they are seldom ideological but stem from personal antagonism and arguments.

Between May 2007 and May 2011 at least 58 U.S. and NATO personnel were killed in 26 attacks by Afghan soldiers and the police, according to details of a classified coalition report published last month in the New York Times.

The report emphasizes the killings are the result of a decade of contempt that each side has for each other, despite being supposed allies in the fight against the Taliban.

The U.S.-led international force is training Afghan's military to take full responsibility for security after NATO ends all combat missions in 2014.



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