There is this
KABUL, Afghanistan — The U.S. military has suspended training of some Afghan forces while the Americans review the process of vetting new recruits following a spike in deadly attacks on international troops last month, officials said Sunday.Oh Hamid, you shill
There have been 34 attacks by Afghan police or soldiers on their international allies so far this year – at least 12 in August alone. The members of the Afghan security forces have killed 45 international troops, putting intense strain on the relationship. The attacks have complicated a key pillar in the plan for the U.S.-led coalition to withdraw by the end of 2014 – training Afghan forces to take the lead in securing their own country.
The most recent insider attack took place last week when an Afghan army soldier turned his gun on Australian soldiers, killing three of them and wounding two, the Australian military.And now this
Afghan President Hamid Karzai's office condemned an operation by international troops to catch the shooter, describing it as unilateral. He alleged it resulted in the deaths of two civilians – a 70-year-old man his 30-year-old son. Karzai's office said in a statement late Saturday that the operation took place without the coordination or approval of provincial authorities and violated an agreement that calls on Afghan troops to lead night raids.
President Barack Obama came out swinging at his Republican rival over the issue of Afghanistan Saturday, but may have swung a bit too hard, making claims more sweeping and definitive than what he's previously said on the subject.Leave these people to decide their own fate.
After slamming GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney for ignoring the issue during his speech to the Republican National Convention last week, Obama said he had put the U.S. on a sure path to military withdrawal from Afghanistan.
"I put forward a specific plan to bring our troops home from Afghanistan by the end of 2014. We are in the process of doing that right now," Obama said during a speech in Sioux City, Iowa. "And when I say I'm going to bring them home, you know they're going to come home."
In fact, Obama's plan for Afghanistan does not call for all U.S. troops to be out of Afghanistan by the end of 2014. A yet to be determined number of U.S. troops are expected to remain there, with details subject to negotiation with the Afghan government.
In addition, while Obama called his plan "specific" and said that by the end of this month "we will have brought 33,000 of our troops home," he has yet to announce or apparently decide on the rate or pace at which the remaining roughly 66,000 troops will exit.
Stop the War.
The only thing below the squiggle is whatever you care to contribute. Based on history here on the GOS, it won't be much....elections to win..