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Sep 08, 2012
Insider Attacks: Some Perspectives of the Afghan Security Forces

By Dr. Zubair Popalzai

Attacks on Coalition forces by Afghan forces—the so-called “Green-on-Blue” or “insider attacks”—have increased dramatically over the past two years causing around 13% of coalition deaths in 2012. These attacks are no longer isolated incidents and are eroding trust among Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) and Coalition forces.
One key question is who are the perpetrators and why are they carrying out these attacks?
Whereas President Hamed Karzai’s administration blames insider attacks on foreign spy agencies, NATO says only 1 in 10 of these attacks are carried out by infiltrators—Taliban fighters posing as Afghan national army or police officers. According to NATO, cultural clashes, personal disputes and stress are the main reasons for a vast majority of these attacks. The Pentagon also stresses that the majority of these killings are the result of personal grievances, “social difficulties,” and arguments gone awry with US forces.

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