1 in 5 friendly KIA's are attributable to ANA traitors.
An American special forces soldier was killed this week by a US-trained Afghan commando, during a joint night raid operation. One-fifth of all NATO losses in 2012 are by Afghan troops.
The latest killing of a US soldier at the hands of an Afghan counterpart – this time of a US Special Operations Forces soldier by a US-trained Afghan commando – raises anew concerns about America’s ability to build a credible Afghan security force before 2014, when US combat forces are scheduled to leave the country.
In total, so-called green-on-blue killings now account for 20 percent of the 84 NATO casualties in 2012.
The fatal shooting during a joint night raid Thursday marks the first killing of a US Special Forces operative by one of the elite, highly trained Afghan commandos, who are meant to be more carefully vetted than their conventional force counterparts. Largely as a result, the commandos have been widely praised by US forces for their competence.
As much as I am humbled by the difficulty of the SF mission, it seems the ANA are hell-bent on making the case for why they should be nuked instead.