While George W. Bush was president, the media somberly reflected on these grim milestones. Now it hardly registers with them. Must protect their Bammy.
An apparent insider attack by Afghan forces has killed a US service member and a foreign civilian contractor with NATO, officials said Sunday. The shooting —the latest in a string of attacks on international troops by their Afghan allies — marked the 2,000th US troop death in Afghanistan over the long-running conflict.
A US official confirmed that the service member killed was American. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the nationality of the dead had not yet been formally announced.
At least two Afghan soldiers were also killed in Saturday’s attack at an Afghan army checkpoint in Wardak province, said Shahidullah Shahid, a provincial government spokesman.
An Afghan soldier turned his gun on the Americans and started shooting, Shahid said. He said the checkpoint was in Sayd Abad district, just outside a joint US-Afghan base.
“Initial reports indicate that a misunderstanding happened between Afghan army soldiers and American soldiers,” Shahid said. He said investigators had been sent to the site to try to figure out what happened.
An Afghan military spokesman declined to comment.
Afghan soldiers and policemen — or militants in their uniforms — have gunned down more than 50 foreign troops so far this year, eroding the trust between coalition forces and their Afghan partners. An equal number of Afghan policemen and soldiers also died in these attacks, giving them reason as well to be suspicious of possible infiltrators within their ranks.
We’d call them savages, but that would be Islamophobic.