As I have said many times in the context of many similar incidents in Iraq and Afghanistan, there is no reliable way to distinguish a peaceful Muslim from a jihadist. This is yet more fruit of the unwillingness to make even a cursory attempt to take that fact into account.
“Afghan soldier opens fire on German troops, killing 3 and wounding 6 others,” by Anja Niedringhaus and Deb Riechmann for The Associated Press, February 18 (thanks to all who sent this in):
PUL-E-KHUMRI, Afghanistan – German soldiers, just back from patrol, had already started shedding their heavy body armour when shots rang out Friday at their coalition base in northern Afghanistan. An Afghan soldier, a man they thought was on their side, was spraying them with bullets at close range.
The shooter was gunned down, but not before he killed three German soldiers and wounded six others in a tragic shooting that highlights the challenges of trying to train Afghan security forces so foreign troops can go home.
The Afghan soldier in Baghlan’s provincial capital, Pul-e-Khumri, was part of a joint operation between the German and Afghan militaries, Defence Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg told reporters in Berlin.
“Working together carries risks,” said Guttenberg, who earlier this week spent the night with German troops at the base in northeast Afghanistan. “Still, this attack may not lead to questioning the partnering (with the Afghan army) that has so far been successful because this would only serve our enemies.”…
“It doesn’t work, but we are hell bent on keeping on trying!”
Since late 2009, there have been three incidents of Afghan police and soldiers turning on their NATO comrades.
The U.S.-led NATO coalition is working with the Afghan National Security Forces to improve the way that police and soldiers are vetted so that infiltrators and criminals can be weeded out of the ranks, according to officials with the training mission in Kabul. The Afghan army and police are expected to start in mid-March collecting biometric and personal data on all members of the Afghan security forces — a job that is expected to take months.
This will never work unless they start examining the attachment of the recruits to Islam and jihad, which would be devilishly difficult to do in any case, and which they will not do.
On Nov. 29, 2010, six U.S. soldiers were killed by a rogue Afghan border policeman who opened fire on his American trainers as the group headed to shooting practice. The gunman was killed in the shootout in Nangarhar province near the Pakistani border. The Taliban claimed responsibility, saying the officer had enlisted as a sleeper agent to have an opportunity to kill foreigners.…
Eight similar incidents have occurred in Iraq since 2004.…