The New York Times detailed a disturbing trend in insider attacks against U.S. and coalition forces today in a page 3 article.
The unfortunate reality?
No longer is the Taliban recruiting or slipping in its members into the Afghan Police Forces or Afghan National Army. Now, members of the Afghan Police Force and Afghan National Army are coming to them, which makes screening out pro-Taliban members impossible on the front end. After all, how you screen out a sympathy that doesn’t exist at first?
The article interviewed an Afghan Policeman who went to the Taliban for protection and told them he planned an insider attack. They didn’t even believe him at first. (Article here.)
Here’s a key couple of paragraphs from the article:
- “Many senior coalition and Afghan officials are now concluding that after nearly 12 years of war, the view of foreigners held by many Afghans has come to mirror that of the Taliban. Hope has turned into hatred, and some will find a reason to act on those feelings.
- “The result is that, although the Taliban have successfully infiltrated the security forces before, they do not always have to. Soldiers and police officers will instead go to them, as was the case with Mr. Mahmood.”
My view remains the same: Let’s get out of Afghanistan, like now.
Stan R. Mitchell
Oak Ridge, Tenn.
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