With another event of “Afghan” forces shooting and killing
Americans this weekend (Im sure you heard about it on the news…not) , US forces
have ceased joint patrolling/operations with Afg counterparts. This adds a
unique element to the counter insurgency fight. Additionally in Afg, Karzai the
Afg president says he won’t try to stay in office. So who will replace him?
There are many things transpiring currently in Afg and with
election time right around the corner its interesting to watch things that are
happening. Bottom line though, your warriors are still out there fighting, and
they need your support!
Time for a CGar!!
The US joint field operations with Afghan security
forces have been temporarily suspended as a result of a series of
“insider attacks” that have caused the deaths of a number of American
and British troops. The decision is also prompted due to concerns about
protests over an anti-Islam movie.
A total of 12 attacks have taken place in past one month last month
and36 assaults in the whole year, leaving 51 NATO soldiers dead. This
suspension has threatened the plan to train the Afghan army so that they
can defend their country from Taliban after the departure of the
General John Allen, the US and NATO commander in
Afghanistan, has ordered to discontinue the joint operations and patrols
until further notice.
The move comes right after the Afghan police killed
four American soldiers on Sunday while two other British soldiers were
shot dead by a gunman in Afghan militia uniform just a day before. The
decision is also fueled by protests in the Muslim world against the
NATO has stated that from now onwards most
partnering will be made at the battalion level. While at the lower
level, the joint operations would be evaluated after the approval from
the regional commanders.
NATO has declared that all on-the-ground operations
would be ceased in some places and the foreign military advisers would
also be stepping back to advice from the next level.
According to the strategy, 350,000 members of the
Afghan security forces would gain experience in patrolling and fighting
along with US and other foreign military soldiers but these insider
attacks have shattered the trust. These attacks have alarmed the
British, American and Afghan officials the impact these attacks have on
the morale of troops and the derogatory public opinion in US and UK.
The decision has impacted the NATO-British strategy
to work closely with Afghan security forces until all the combat
operations are taken over by the Afghans by the end of 2014.
A NATO spokesman said that air support noncombat
training operations will not be affected by the decision. Afghans and
Americans will work together at Headquarter level, but at the field
level, small unit operations putting American and Afghan soldiers
together will be suspended until any order from the commanding general.
Leon Panetta, U.S. Defense Secretary, said the decision would not impact the departure of troops by the end of 2014.Written by Navid Iqbal