Kabul blames ‘foreign spy agencies’ for insider attacks

By AFP
Published: August 23, 2012
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President Hamid Karzai holds meeting of the country’s National Security Council to discuss the matter. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

President Hamid Karzai holds meeting of the country’s National Security Council to discuss the matter. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

KABUL: 

Afghan officials on Wednesday blamed “infiltration by foreign spy agencies” into the ranks of its security forces for a rise in attacks by Afghan soldiers on US-led Nato forces.

The announcement came after President Barack Obama and top US military officers expressed growing concern over the so-called “green-on-blue” attacks in which uniformed Afghans turn their weapons against their Nato allies.

A total of 10 soldiers, mostly Americans, have lost their lives at the hands of their Afghan colleagues in the past two weeks, and the attacks have caused almost one in four coalition deaths in the war so far this month.

President Hamid Karzai held a meeting of the country’s National Security Council on Wednesday to discuss the matter.

Senior Afghan officials told Karzai their months-long investigation had shown that “foreign spy agencies” including those of Afghanistan’s neighbours were behind the rise in insider attacks, presidential spokesman Aimal Faizi said.

Faizi did not name a specific country, but Afghan officials have long accused Pakistan of harbouring Taliban insurgents fighting to overthrow Karzai’s Western-backed government.

“Reports presented by security officials in this meeting blamed infiltration by foreign spy agencies into the ranks of Afghan security forces as responsible for the rise in the individual shootings,” Faizi told reporters.

“It shows that majority of these attacks is the result of such infiltration.

“The reports further highlighted that foreign spy agencies are increasingly fearful of the empowerment of the Afghans security agencies.”

Faizi said Afghan security officials had pledged to tighten the vetting process for army and police recruits to help prevent attacks and Karzai would meet Nato commander General John Allen to discuss the issue.

America’s top military officer flew to Kabul for talks on the issue on Monday with Nato commanders and Afghan top brass.

General Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, said he came away “reassured” after discussions with his Afghan counterpart, General Shir Mohammad Karimi.

The total death toll from insider attacks this year has already reached 40, which makes up 13 per cent of all international coalition deaths for 2012.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 23rd, 2012.

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Reader Comments (6)

  • Abdullah
    Aug 23, 2012 - 9:51AM

    well stop blaiming your neighbours ..start finding solutions 2 ur problems.

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  • peter
    Aug 23, 2012 - 10:28AM

    This seems to be to simplistic and naive, it means that the necessary ground work for creating security organizations is flawed at its best. Look inwards to find the remedies, instead of blaming others.

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  • Gratgy
    Aug 23, 2012 - 11:49AM

    @Abdullah
    well stop blaiming your neighbours ..start finding solutions 2 ur problems.

    Funny, thats what the world has been telling Pakistan with respect to terrorism

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  • aaj
    Aug 23, 2012 - 12:07PM

    @Gratgy:
    Funny – thats what Pakistan has been telling India… stop blaming your neighbours….

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  • Nasir Ali
    Aug 23, 2012 - 12:18PM

    Blaming Pakistan is the easiest escape for Afg/ NATO on their own failures.

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  • Analyzer
    Aug 23, 2012 - 12:37PM

    Why would any outsider need to instigate attacks against the foreign occupiers of your own country? If the Afghan Government wasn’t comprised of mere poodles this logic would be quite clear to them.

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