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.
And every few weeks (the last time was November 10), I find the paragraph above in the archives and post it again.
“Rogue Afghan soldier kills 2 French soldiers,” by Ernesto LondoÃ±o for the Washington Post, December 29 (thanks to D.):
KABUL “” A man wearing an Afghan army uniform fatally shot two French service members in eastern Afghanistan on Thursday, military officials said, the latest in a string of similar attacks that the Taliban claims to have masterminded.
Hours later, a roadside bomb killed 10 Afghan police officers in southern Helmand province, an attack that authorities said was among the deadliest against Afghan security forces this year.
“It was the work of the enemies, the Taliban, who have suffered a defeat in face-to-face fighting and only resort to planting mines like these,” said Dawood Ahmadi, a spokesman for Helmand’s governor.
Doesn’t Dawood Ahmadi know that the Taliban aren’t the enemy? Joe Biden said so!
The two attacks marred what has been a relatively quiet winter in Afghanistan, a season during which violence tends to ebb because the snow and cold temperatures limit mobility.
Still, sporadic attacks continue, including the suicide bombing outside a funeral in northern Afghanistan on Sunday that killed 20 people, including a member of parliament.
The Taliban claimed responsibility for the shooting of the French soldiers in a statement, which said a rogue soldier named Ibrahim joined the “puppet army” for a “specific purpose.” The statement said Ibrahim shot the French troops on a base in Kapisa province.
“He was shot and martyred by the invaders in exchange of fire,” the Taliban statement said….