Insider Attacks Take a Toll


Sept. 29 saw the 2,000th U.S. military death in the war in Afghanistan. And it is the way in which the American was reportedly killed--by a presumptive Afghan ally--that makes it significant. These so-called green-on-blue attacks are rarely spectacular; they are often carried out suddenly, by rifle. Even so, they are proving to be the perfect weapon against coalition forces, since they accomplish many of the goals of Afghan insurgents with little planning, cost or effort.

Increasingly, coalition troops feel they cannot rely on the Afghan forces with whom they live and serve....

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