April 12th, 2010
06:55 AM ET

Afghan soldier fires on NATO troops, wounds 1

An Afghan soldier fled after he opened fire on NATO troops, wounding one, military officials said Sunday.

The injured Polish soldier was hospitalized after the Saturday attack in Ghazni province. International forces and Afghan troops are searching for the shooter.

The Afghan National Army soldier shot the victim during an argument, the country's ministry of defense said.

Attacks on NATO troops by Afghan soldiers have escalated in recent months. The Taliban claims responsibility for the attacks and says its members have infiltrated Afghan forces.

In December, an Afghan soldier killed a U.S. troop member and injured two Italians at a shared base. A month before, an Afghan policeman killed five British soldiers in southern Helmand province.

The NATO-led International Security Assistance Force was formed under a U.N. mandate to bolster a secure environment and support the reconstruction of Afghanistan.

NATO took command of the force in 2003. It comprises about 50,000 troops from 42 countries, according to the organization.

Meanwhile, four people were killed and 13 others injured in two roadside bomb blasts in Afghanistan's Kandahar province Sunday, officials said.

The first bomb struck a vehicle belonging to the Demining Agency for Afghanistan as it drove through the Daman district of the province.

When medics arrived to help, a second bomb went off, said a spokesman for the province.

The agency clears mines across southern Afghanistan.

- Journalist Matiullah Mati contributed to this report.

Filed under: Taliban • Troops
soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. Deloris Jernigan

    So I guess the Afghan soldiers can actually hit a target when they want to, just not when it is one of their fellow countrymen bad guys! Firing squad for this jerk.

    April 15, 2010 at 6:45 pm | Report abuse |
  2. nadia malik

    That is what you get when you try to help a fanatical/jihadist muslim. They belong to the middle ages and loathe western presence in their caliphate. Thank God, the west is still preaching the impracticable dotrine of 'political correctness' while their fine sons and daughters sacrifice their lives for an unachievable cause

    April 15, 2010 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
  3. Bobby

    Most Afghan troops risk their lives everyday in service to their country. Few people have any idea what they are up against here. They are undermanned and underresourced and are struggling to build a command structure while fighting a war. I am deployed here right now and I can tell you the vast majority of ANA troops are brave and loyal. I'm sorry to anyone who has lost someone because of an attack by an ANA "soldier" but be real about things and don't buy into the hype and hysteria. Have you ever taken a look at the crime statistics for US soldiers?

    April 15, 2010 at 8:36 am | Report abuse |
  4. Cody

    If the headlines these days are about one Afghan soldier injuring one NATO soldier, then it seems things are getting much better.

    April 14, 2010 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
  5. Jack

    This is always a problem in war: Indian Cavalry Scouts kept Geronimo tipped off for months while he was hunted. Some Filipino guides collaborated with the Japanese even as American troops fought and died to liberate their country. Viet Cong had agents in the ARVN, and so on. The fact that it's happening in Afghanistan is neither news nor unprecedented. It's war, and the only image of war most Americans have is the terrible hang-over from Viet Nam. This means that most bits of news that come out of this war have parallels in the one war we lost, and so we read "disaster" at every turn.

    We really should pick a different model to emulate, one that resulted in victory. Our "modern" strategy simply doesn't work. Today we drag out our wars – first by waging economic war against those least able to defend themselves and then later with "surgical" strikes that pick off enemy leaders but never faster than they can be replaced. Wars should be quick and they should be horrible. Our wars should leave the enemy craving peace and grateful for any aid following capitulation.

    Only this approach creates lasting peace.

    April 13, 2010 at 9:15 pm | Report abuse |
  6. vince

    That area of the world will never change until the people are educated and finally realize how the rest of the world lives and says to themselves -ENOUGH!.We all know that change must come from within,people have to make a conscious choice not to be bullied anymore whither it's another person or government opressing them.It seems greed and politics go hand in hand and that is a shame for the majority of the working class,throw in a healthy dose of misunderstanding and fear between different religions and the odds for peace are long indeed.It just saddens my heart,I've been a warrior for my country but have held a deep love of peace between all people in my heart.I've travelled to many places in the world and have met many wonderful people,it's sad that there are not enough good men in positons of power.What will it take to make people understand something so simple?I'm not a particular religous person but sometimes I find my native american blood wishing there was a great spirit to pray to just to stop the madness.

    April 13, 2010 at 9:14 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Dale

    Look at what part of the wolrd they're in. Most turncoats in that country would sell their own mothers if they thought it would gain them someting valuable. It's also the biggest opium producing region in Asia.We're wasting our time with them. We should just concentrate on elimitating the Taliban strongholds until we find that jack ass Bin Laden and give him whiat coming to him.

    April 13, 2010 at 8:04 pm | Report abuse |
  8. michael

    How well can we trust the afghan forces if their being infiltrated themselves. and the countries president isnt eevn standing strong against these militants

    April 13, 2010 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Okpe Emmanuel

    It is unfortunate that despite all security efforts by NATO, its forces are still been infiltrated by terrorists. The killed and wounded NATO soldiers have not died and suffered in vain, history will vindicate their cause. They are heroes.

    April 13, 2010 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Iraq Paramedic

    Most of this turn coat activity is caused by Kharzi's stupid comments & his inaction to purge corruption & sempathisers from the ranks. His brother Wali is probably the one really calling the shots. Gen. McChristal & Obama need to sack Kharzi & get Abdula back & put him in office, if not him just start a rotating seat untill they find a man or woman who is concerned with the people & not the Taliban drug buisness.
    I know this is very unpopular but, if the world wants this country to join the 21st century we are going to have to occupy it for 20+ years & raise a generation of decent human beings. Yes some of their people do care & those are the ones that are being threatened & killed by the Taliban & the drug lords & unfortunately they are to scared to make a stand on their own. If you dig really deep into the drug situation you will find the Chinise triads & PRC/PLA heavely involved in it. They want the hard chemical drugs to flood the western world to destablize it. If you dought that just look at their presence in south america & mexico & cannada & the USA & Europe. For those who believe this is only about Islam & the west you really need to do some indepth studing, it is very international & global.
    May GOD Bless & keep us all !!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 13, 2010 at 2:03 am | Report abuse |
  11. Sunil

    Ok, it's time to issues only squirt guns to the Afghan forces. It seems like they can only shoot allies and not the Taliban.

    April 12, 2010 at 7:08 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Smith360

    These types of hit and run attacks by Afghanistan troops suddenly turning on their US Military and NATO counterparts is going to likely continue until the end of the Afghanistan War. Unfortunately these insurgent moles can tip off their counterparts, sabotage supplies and possibly place poison into the food supplied to the troops.

    April 12, 2010 at 6:06 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Wastrel

    We already knew that our guys have to be very careful; anyone who isn't clearly one of us must be considered an enemy. Now it seems that even those who appear to be on our side might not be. Let's never forget that the issue, the difference, is Islam. Islam and Islamic countries must learn to live with the rest of the nations in the global community, or we should destroy Islam. How much more treachery and violence will Islam do before we decide that's what needs to be done?

    April 12, 2010 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  14. LN

    They always have to watch their backs with the Afghan troops............

    April 12, 2010 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Frank

    I think the United States should stop being the nice guy's every time something geos wrong it's our fault.Im pretty upset with this afghanistan problem we try to help the afghan people and they just turn around and try to kill our troops and laugh at us.They even have there president saying he's going to join the Taliban.Tha's a nice thing to say tothe people that does nothing but help them.Our men and women have lost there live's over there freedom and this is the thanks we get! There is no respct from Karzi right on down the their soldiers.This sicken's me I have 2 nephew's fighting over there and I sure don't want to hear their President say things like im going to join the Taliban! I hope and pray the President Obama gives him hell next month when he comes to the US for a visit.Agian too much blood has been spilled over there to hear comment's like that!!!

    April 12, 2010 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Daniel

    Did the Taliban really infiltrate the Afghan Army or did the Afghans let their national pride get the best of them?It's hard to tell these days.

    April 12, 2010 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |