August 25th, 2010
10:20 AM ET

Mentoring session turns into shootout

Two coalition service members, an Afghan police officer and one civilian were killed in western Afghanistan on Wednesday when a mentoring session turned into a shootout, military officials said.

Officials with NATO's International Security Assistance Force were trying to determine what caused the shooting.

The shooting apparently happened during a mentoring session between coalition soldiers and the Afghan national police, coalition officials said in a statement.

During the mentoring session, an Afghan officer began firing a gun and the coalition soldiers returned fire, the statement said.

The incident, which occurred in the Badghis province, was followed by a demonstration by locals in the area, according to the statement.

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  1. Daniel J. Lavigne

    The tone of language employed in this "blog" should be addressed.

    Given the possibility that some of the posters actually want to help bring about positive change, it is my belief that CNN should appoint someone to moderate these exchanges.

    The use of argumentum ad hominem serves no one. It distracts and leads to a waste of time and resources.

    Individuals who truly have something to say and which they believe will advance the discussions must ensure that their opposites agree to a similar approach. Failing to reach such agreement, the wisest contributor will be the first to abandon the exchange.

    Mistakes should be addressed wi

    September 1, 2010 at 2:19 am | Report abuse |
    • Bledsoe

      What about this warmongering jerk who keeps hijacking my ID along with those of others just for his self amusement and pro-war sentiments.This needs to be disallowed and how!

      September 1, 2010 at 7:34 am | Report abuse |
  2. Bessus

    Less heat, more light. Perhaps facts and analysis rather than pejoratives and rancor? Studying the history of the Taliban (= post-Soviet, btw) and the ISI, the Soviet invasion and the mujahadeen resistance, America in Afghanistan pre- and post-9-11, Osama, etc. would be helpful to this discussion. Steve Coll's Ghost Wars is probably best place to start. (Also, Jon Krakauer's Where Men Win Glory for "boots on the ground;" includes interesting account of Pakistani troops on the Afghan border deliberately and routinely firing on ISAF forces in FOBs.)

    August 31, 2010 at 9:03 pm | Report abuse |
  3. BK

    What.

    August 31, 2010 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
  4. mnsoldier

    Will someone please melt either or both polar caps so we can drown out the rats, washing away the filth of religion and start new. I am so tired of idiotic links to old historical fiction. No god exists, it is a lie to keep you in line and waiting for you big life after death insurance check that just isnt coming. And guess what you cant complain about not getting it because you will be dead and thus mute.

    August 30, 2010 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Mr. Moto

    And that was just the mentoring session. You should have seen the Q and A session after the coffee break.

    August 28, 2010 at 11:28 pm | Report abuse |
  6. canada eh

    Spoken by a certified two-dimensional person.

    August 27, 2010 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Tom

    Its Bush's fault.

    August 27, 2010 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • bangash

      Then why Bush"s fault is being followed? what will be the fate of US economy if there is no war in the world? How America will rule the world without guns and bombs?

      August 29, 2010 at 6:43 am | Report abuse |
  8. Ury

    The killer was a driver assigned to one of the Spanish officer, suposed to be Alqaida member.

    August 26, 2010 at 4:59 am | Report abuse |
  9. Ury

    The killed were Spanish Guardia Civil members (State Police with military organization) attached to the Afghan Police training mission and integrated in the ISAF mission Spanish ASPFOR contingent.

    August 26, 2010 at 4:56 am | Report abuse |
  10. agila ng davao

    Better train the afghan trainer first then let the afghan trainer train their own people.Any way expect the unexpected.

    August 26, 2010 at 1:55 am | Report abuse |
  11. tom

    Why we should train them, so they can learn to kill us back. this is totaly stupid.

    August 25, 2010 at 8:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan in Lafayette,IN

      I assure you Tom the Afghan people do not want to live under Taliban rule and Pakistan which once was a friend to the Taliban are now doing their best to eradicate them. If only the ISF in Pakistan would also do their beat to eradicate them from within then the Pakistani government would finally gain control of the entire land of Pakistan!

      August 27, 2010 at 6:14 am | Report abuse |
      • Dan in Lafayette,IN

        Der Betruger ist wieder zuruckgekommen,der meines Name gestollen habt.Habt er keine Schande???

        August 27, 2010 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
      • canada eh

        Daniell-2. Replying to Dan in that way only proves what a "Sheiss Kopf" you are.

        August 27, 2010 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
  12. tom

    Yaqoobi is son of General Hamid Gul former God damn ISI Chief. kill him when you get him.

    August 25, 2010 at 8:45 pm | Report abuse |
  13. adc555

    This is why we can't have nice things

    August 25, 2010 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Alberto

    They were two officers of the Spanish Civil Guard and the Spanish translator. The killer was the driver the of ANP's Chief. The point is that the talibans are every were. The killer go into the class and used the AK-47. The the others Spanish Civil Guard members fired back and killed the guy. This is what happened. The information come from the Spanish Civil Guard.

    August 25, 2010 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Eric

    Taliban = Gutless Wonders, no Honor, no Beliefs, no Salvation, true Cowards, devils childdren. I could go on, but they have no morales either.

    August 25, 2010 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joseph McCarthy

      Didn't the Communists say the same thing so many years ago about the Taliban when we lambasted them?Today we're the ones lambasting the Taliban.How things change!!!

      August 25, 2010 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bledsoe

      Tell me this Eric,if what you said is true,why do so many Afghans support the Taliban? And please don't hand me that right-wing mumbo-jumbo about the Taliban having only the 1% of the Afghans behind them!!!

      August 25, 2010 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
      • Jerry

        Talk about cowardess Eric,what about those rotten cowards who operate those cursed drones, hurling 500lb. bombs on defenseless people from halfway around the world? Where's the valor in that? I see none,whatsoever!!!

        August 25, 2010 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
      • dfielder

        Or the soldiers that gunned downed unsuspecting journalists with cameras from the safety of a helicopter, and then proceeded to gun down people without cameras who were clearly trying to care for the wounded. These soldiers must be real heroes. Perhaps the two children they shot up will come visit these soldiers some day and thank them for correcting their evil ways and saving the country.

        August 27, 2010 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
      • to dfielder

        When they say do not enter this area because the enemy is in there and we're bombing the sh&! out of them – and you go in anyway...I don't feel sorry for those folks at all, they never should have been there

        August 31, 2010 at 11:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Eric

      Jerry,

      Point taken, not to down grade the lives lost and it is always horrible. Your equating a horrible mistake to a premeditated act? Somehow I lost you. If there is a traffic accident where lives are lost who is responcible? If a train derails, a ferry sinks, this is the same as an individual planning shooting another or several? The same as a suicide bomber? Yes, in all lives are lost. However, in one the taking in live is planned. I don't see the remorse of the Taliban when children are taken or maybe I missed that article in Aljezeera. Neither case can the lives lost be restored, but in one there is a choice to take!

      August 25, 2010 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • whatzthefuss

      Mr.Eric, you must be very agitated and stressed coming out with so many adjectives and nouns and still leave enough room for debate. Let's consider your opinions carefully.

      The Talibans could not possibly be gutless or cowards nor do they have no salvation or beliefs as they are supposed to be students and avid practioner (some may label them radicals or extremists) of their religion and not professional soldiers fighting what has generally been known as the most powerful army in the world. The Talibans are relatively poorly armed compared with the almost alien looking ISAF soldier bristling with gadgets and weaponry. The Talibans do not have a regular army. a navy or an airforce but are willing to fight nonetheless.

      If the Talibans run and hide when the heat is on, they are not gutless but smart. It may take some understanding to realise that they are fighting the perfect war – hit and run and wait for their enemy to wilt from pressures like public opinions, politics expediencies, rising casualties, escalating costs, invisible and relentless enemies.

      Contrary to what you think of them, they have such strong religious beliefs and faith that they are prepared to die than submit to their secular enemies and disbelievers. If they are the devil's children, then it makes for wishful thinking as they believe they are fighting the foreign devils and infidels who have no morals and morales.

      There are some who believe that there are two sides to a coin and you are presumably looking at one side while the Talibans are probably doing what you are doing, looking from their perspective. At present, everyone would agree that neither views are not exactly rose coloured but the Talibans have the advantage - home ground and time.

      August 26, 2010 at 4:47 am | Report abuse |
      • Dormant87

        It would appear you've never been there. I have. I've spoken with Taliban, Al Qaida and the civilians. Don't let the name fool you, the Taliban don't fight for their religous beliefs, they fight for power and influence. They sell their cause as a religous one (I know, I've spoken with prisoners duped into believing the fight was religeous) but they lie. It's all about power. Period.

        Are the Taliban cowards....by your comments I'd have to say no. By my experience, I'd tend to agree. However, they do threaten, target and kill civilians. They attack market places and the people live in fear for their lives. Good, honest upstanding freedom fighters don't cause fear in their own homes. They inspire confidence in a better future. No Afghan I've EVER met believed the Taliban could or would bring a better future. Warriors protect the innocent, they inspire confidence, they bring hope to replace despair, they bring light to the darkness and warmth to the cold nights. The Taliban brings none of this. They don't bring hope for the future, only nightmares from the past.

        Like I said, I've been there. I've seen first hand. YOU will never convince me otherwise.

        August 31, 2010 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • President Bush

      And what kind of fucng moral u got .... COWARD COWARD!!!!! your stupid no wait your dupid.. naahh your not worthy of anything

      August 27, 2010 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
      • Joseph McCarthy

        President Bush,will you kindly spare the Tea Party lingo?Please do!!!

        August 28, 2010 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
    • albert

      I agree with you. Look into the entire historical background and all other facts about this strange religion. The sons of Satan himself, unfortunately.

      August 29, 2010 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • SAM

      yeah they are evil. Who funded such evil people. russains shoudl have killed them all. Wait... we gave them money and weapons to fight russians since at that tiem russains were bigger devils. Lets give money to ANA so that they can fight Taliban which at this time are bigger evil. .... I wonder who we would fund next to fight ANA?

      August 30, 2010 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Gary Johndro

    This is terrible.How could this have happened??? Besides,NATO wants Afghanistan's recently discovered resources but can't get them with all this hanky-panky going on!

    August 25, 2010 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
  17. Andrew Lubin

    Just lovely. Is there any group in the world more corrupt than the ANP's? Need to get the ANA's to take control //

    August 25, 2010 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
    • George Patton

      We need to get out of there and let the Afghans take control of their own country!!!

      August 25, 2010 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Barefoot Mike

      The mexican government...the russians are pretty shady too.

      August 28, 2010 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • turnbull

      Trust me the ANA's aren't much better.

      August 30, 2010 at 8:09 am | Report abuse |