Friday, July 16, 2010

Our allies, the Afghanis

An Afghan soldier fired a rocket-propelled grenade into a military base control room early Tuesday, killing three British troops and wounding four more before fleeing, officials said.

It was the second time in eight months that an Afghan turned against British troops partnering with local security forces. In November, an Afghan policeman killed five British soldiers at a checkpoint - also in southern Helmand province, where Tuesday's attack happened.

Afghan police in the past have also attacked American soldiers and their own police stations. While such intentional attacks are rare, they emphasize the difficulties in rapidly expanding the Afghan forces to take over responsibility for security from international troops.

We are sending our children off to die in the service of people who want to see them dead.

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