General Notes Taliban Coercion in Some Attacks on Troops

The senior commander in Afghanistan made new allowances on Thursday that Taliban influence could play a large role in attacks by Afghan security forces on Americans, saying up to one-quarter of killings could be caused by Taliban infiltration or coercion. But he reiterated most of such insider attacks have still been attributed to personal grievances, animosities. The commander, Gen. John Allen of Marine Corps, addressed the subject in a video news conference on Thursday, a day after Afghan officials blamed foreign intelligence services for being behind most of the insider killings. He said he had not seen information prompted that claim, but sought to clarify what NATO commanders knew about why Afghan forces have taken to killing their American colleagues in increasing numbers. Previously, NATO military officials had said that only about 10% of insider attacks could be attributed to Taliban infiltration or impersonation of Afghan security units. But on Thursday, General Allen said that in addition to that infiltration figure, another roughly 15% of attacks could be caused by the Taliban coercion of soldiers or police officers, either directly or through family members. Because most of attackers had been killed or had escaped, not captured alive for interrogation, it was difficult to provide firm statistics, he said. He also noted that more Afghans than Western troops had been killed by such insider attacks. Such attacks have raised concerns about the mission to train Afghan forces in order to hand over security control to them by the 2014 Western troop withdrawal deadline. But General Allen insisted that international coalition remained committed to the strategy of working with the Afghans as trainers and advisers despite intensified insider attacks. “At this particular moment, I don’t believe that we need to contemplate reducing our contact with the Afghans,” General Allen said. “The closer the relationship with them, indeed the more we can foster a relationship of brotherhood, the more secure we are.” Even so, he said American and allied troops had to be “more watchful.” At least 40 NATO service members have been reported killed by insider attacks this year, already more than last year’s total, with at least 9 of the deaths coming over past two weeks. General Allen said that the pressure of fighting through the Ramadan fasting season might be partially responsible for the recent surge. Day before, Karzai’s office asserted for the first time that Afghan officials believed foreign spy agencies were behind most of attacks, putting it directly at odds with NATO’s assessment of the crisis (…..)

Link: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/24/world/asia/general-notes-taliban-coercion-in-some-attacks-on-troops-in-afghanistan.html

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One Response to General Notes Taliban Coercion in Some Attacks on Troops

  1. Professor Uziel Nogueira says: General Allen may be misinterpreting such attacks as merely ‘personal grievances and animosities’ of afghans against US personel. Perhaps, Taliban’s intentions is to expel US forces from Afghanistan ASAP.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/24/world/asia/general-notes-taliban-coercion-in-some-attacks-on-troops-in-afghanistan.html

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