By Jeremy Herb - 04/30/12 08:43 PM EDT
The so-called “green-on-blue” attacks, in which allied Afghan soldiers target NATO troops, has been a thorn in the side of the NATO effort to transition security control in Afghanistan to the Afghan security forces.
There have been more than 40 such attacks since 2007, the Pentagon told Congress at a hearing in February, although the department said the majority were the result of “personal” issues, not infiltration by insurgent groups.
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said in March that the incidents were “sporadic” and did not represent a pattern of any kind.
The AP reported several recent incidents that had not been publicly disclosed by ISAF. They included an Afghan soldier shot to death in recent weeks after attempting — and missing — to shoot a group of Americans troops, an attack last week in which two Afghan policemen wounded two U.S. soldiers and another last week in which the killing of an Army staff sergeant was reported but there was no mention that three other U.S. soldiers were wounded.
After several high-profile incidents in Afghanistan, including the killing of two U.S. troops inside the Afghan Interior Ministry, Afghanistan’s top defense official said improved vetting measures were being taken before admitting soldiers to the Afghan security forces.
When asked to explain why the non-fatal green-on-blue attacks weren’t reported, ISAF spokesman Jamie Graybeal told the AP ISAF does not have consent from all coalition governments to do so.
“All releases must be consistent with the national policies of troop contributing nations,” he said.