The Longest War: Man Clad As Afghan Soldier Kills U.S. Soldier...

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    paulitician Platinum Member Supporting Member

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    What a nightmare. How much more blood & treasure are they gonna waste over there?

    A man wearing an Afghan National Army uniform killed a U.S. coalition service member, the U.S. military said Thursday. It was the latest in a string of such attacks.

    The incident took place late Wednesday when the person "turned his weapon against coalition service members," the U.S. military said. The person who opened fire was killed by coalition forces who returned fire, the military said.

    A U.S. Defense official said the incident occurred near Kandahar. He didn't know the service member's branch of service or if anybody was wounded from the gunfire.

    The Afghan and U.S. military are investigating.

    It is unclear whether the shooter was an Afghan soldier or an infiltrator wearing the uniform.

    But the problem of Afghan troops who have turned their weapons on allied forces -- so-called green on blue attacks -- has intensified this year.

    Gen. John Allen, the commander of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force, referred last month to "an erosion of trust that has emerged from this," but said that the systems the Afghans and ISAF have in place to help stop these attacks before they happen was having an effect.

    Allen said ISAF officials were working on a new procedure to check the backgrounds of Afghans who sign up for the army or police force, and the Afghans "have taken a lot of steps themselves."

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