‘Real News From The Blaze:’ Green On Blue Attacks Contribute to Uptick of Violence in Afghanistan
July was the deadliest month in 2012 for U.S. troops in Afghanistan in 2012. Part of this uptick in violence can be attributed to so-called “green on blue” attacks: uniformed Afghans trained by the U.S. who then attack Americans.
On Friday, a uniformed Afghan killed three American servicemen in Afghanistan, pushing the green on blue death toll to seven this month. It appears that green on blue attacks have become part of a deliberate strategy on the part of the Afghan opposition, as Taliban leader Mullah Omar announced Thursday that the Taliban has infiltrated the Afghan Security forces.
This troubling development poses the question that as the U.S. attempts to exit, how can the men and women in uniform trust the very people they’re training to take command of Afghanistan’s nation’s defense? Are we simply training the next generation of Taliban loyal security forces?
Peter Hegseth of the Minnesota National Guard and Concerned Veterans For America has trained security forces in both Iraq and Afghanistan, and joined “Real News From The Blaze” Friday to try and answer these questions:
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