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Located in Kabul, Afghanistan, CAPS is an independent, research centre that strives to conduct action-oriented research which will influence policy-makers. It works diligently towards building local capacity to produce conflict and threat assessments that will influence the safety and security of the people serving the governments, and international aid organizations.
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Jan 31, 2012
Insider Attacks in Afghanistan: Damaging trust between ISAF and Afghan forces

By: Halimullah Kousary

Insider attacks have turned into a grave concern for the ISAF forces in Afghanistan. These attacks can be defined as those carried out on the ISAF forces through Taliban recruits from within the Afghan National Army (ANA) and the Afghan National Police (ANP) or through a Taliban member uniformed as an Afghan soldier or police. The first insider attack reported against ISAF forces took place in 2007 and since then there has been increased reiteration in various provinces. The most recent reiterations having been on 29 December 2011, when a man dressed in Afghan National Army (ANA) uniform shot dead two French troops in Tagab district of eastern Kapisa province. The attacker was killed on the spot by return fire from the French soldiers.  And on 20 January 2012 when an ANA soldier shot four French troops and wounded 17 others in the same district of Kapisa.  It is apparent that insider attacks would not change ground realities in favor of Taliban in Afghanistan, but they can possibly lead to a vacuum of trust between the ISAF and Afghan forces.

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