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    Friday's attacker was identified as Mohammad Ismail, a man in his 30s who had joined the Afghan Local Police just five days ago.

    He opened fire during an inauguration ceremony attended by American and Afghan national forces in the Kinisk village in the far western province of Farah, provincial police chief Agha Noor Kemtoz said.

    "As soon as they gave the weapon to Ismail to begin training, suddenly he took the gun and opened fire toward the U.S. soldiers," Kemtoz said.

    Ismail was shot and killed as the coalition and Afghan forces returned fire, the police chief said.

    Somebody said Party! I got excited. I love Parties! Especially Parties with exclamation marks! Now I'm sad because there's not a Party! h/t AnnetteK ;-)

    by EdMass on Fri Aug 17, 2012 at 08:25:23 AM PDT

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    •  America's 7 mistakes in Afghanistan (0+ / 0-)
      More than a decade into the conflict, the Afghan war isn’t going well.

      Politically, Afghanistan is a mess. While some analysts still say the American counterinsurgency strategy works, Afghans beg to differ.

      Their country was safer ten years ago than it is today.  The problem wasn’t the invasion itself, but rather than aftermath. The mission to deny terrorists a vacuum was essential, so where did the United States go wrong?

      http://globalpublicsquare.blogs.cnn.com/...

      "Who are these men who really run this land? And why do they run it with such a thoughtless hand? David Crosby.

      by allenjo on Fri Aug 17, 2012 at 08:40:51 AM PDT

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    •  Gen. Allen, commander of NATO troops in Afghanista (0+ / 0-)
      said coalition officials were working on a new procedure to check the backgrounds of Afghans who sign up for the army or police force.
      After 11 years of war, now they are working on new procedures to check the backgrounds..........

      Considering this year's training cost is 12 Billion dollars, wouldn't you think there would have been controls in place before spending the big bucks for training only to have some desert (way too many 1 out of 7 in first 6 months of last year alone) and some defect to Taliban, before we even begin to talk about our "allies" killing our soldiers......

      And why does Karzai protect those Afghan soldiers from any charges for desertion?

      "Who are these men who really run this land? And why do they run it with such a thoughtless hand? David Crosby.

      by allenjo on Fri Aug 17, 2012 at 08:57:17 AM PDT

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