Man in Afghan uniform kills 3 NATO troops
Thursday, August 30, 2012
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The U.S.-led military coalition in Afghanistan says three of its troops have been killed by a man in an Afghan army uniform.
The attack is the latest in a rising number of disturbing shootings this year by Afghans soldiers — or insurgents dressed as government troops — on the international forces training them to fight the Taliban as the international coalition withdraws.
NATO said Wednesday the latest attack came a day earlier in southern Afghanistan. It gave no other details.
Similar “insider attacks” have been rising sharply, with 34 of them so far this year. Forty-five coalition members have been killed, mostly Americans.
At least a dozen of this year’s attacks have been in the past month, raising questions of a new Taliban strategy.
Meanwhile, Afghan President Hamid Karzai moved to replace the country’s intelligence chief and the ministers of defense and interior Wednesday, the first step in what senior government officials said was a planned wider Cabinet shakeup aimed at solidifying the president’s power before elections and the drawdown of foreign forces.
The president also is trying to shore up his shaken security team as his administration struggles to build an army and police force in the face of a resurgent Taliban as the U.S. and other foreign forces begin to withdraw. Those coalition’s training efforts have increasingly become a target for insurgents.
NATO said Wednesday that three more of its service members were killed an Afghan wearing an army uniform in the latest in a string of attacks by Afghan’s on international trainers.