The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan says he is “mad as hell” about attacks on Western troops by Afghan soldiers and police – the so-called insider attacks.
General John Allen said in an interview with CBS-TV’s 60 Minutes, scheduled to air Sunday night, that “we’re willing to sacrifice a lot for this campaign, but we’re not willing to be murdered for it.”
Allen said that just as homemade bombs had become the signature weapon of the Iraq war, he believed that in Afghanistan, “the signature attack that we’re beginning to see is going to be the insider attack.”
In the latest suspected insider attack, a U.S. soldier and a foreign civilian contractor were killed late Saturday in eastern Afghanistan’s Wardak province. At least two Afghan soldiers were also killed.
Insider attacks have increased in Afghanistan over the past few months.
According to ISAF figures, over 50 foreign soldiers, about half of them Americans, have been killed this year in the attacks, in which Afghan soldiers turn their weapons against foreign forces.