Afghan Troop Attacks on U.S. Forces Are Under-Reported

A soldier from the U.S. Army's 101st Airborne Division on patrol in southern Afghanistan. (October, 2010, file photo.)

A soldier from the U.S. Army's 101st Airborne Division on patrol in southern Afghanistan. (October, 2010, file photo.) EnlargeChris Hondros/Getty Images

An Associated Press investigation has concluded that the U.S. military and its allies in Afghanistan have been “under-reporting the number of times that Afghan soldiers and police open fire on American and other foreign troops.”

According to the wire service:

“The U.S.-led coalition routinely reports each time an American or other foreign soldier is killed by an Afghan in uniform. But the AP has learned it does not report insider attacks in which the Afghan wounds — or misses — his U.S. or allied target. It also doesn’t report the wounding of troops who were attacked alongside those who were killed.”

This year alone, AP says, “in addition to 10 fatal insider attacks … there have been two others that resulted in no deaths or injuries, plus one attack that resulted in wounded, for a total of 13 attacks. The three non-fatal attacks had not previously been reported.”

The full investigative, exclusive AP report is available HERE.

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