US President Barack Obama says Washington is watching with “deep concern” a hike in the so-called “green-on-blue attacks” on US troops in Afghanistan.
The number of insider attacks or so-called ‘green-on-blue’ attacks in which Afghan security forces turn their weapons against foreign forces occupying their country, has increased in 2012. At least 40 US-led soldiers have been killed in such attacks so far this year.
In one instance of the anti-US attacks, on Sunday August 19, an Afghan policeman turned his gun against foreign forces and shot dead one US-led NATO soldier in the southern part of the country; the incident occurred in the police headquarters of Spin Boldak district of Kandahar province.
The shooting happened after an argument between foreign forces and the shooter, who was also killed when other US troops returned fire.
The increasing number of US military casualties in Afghanistan has caused widespread anger in the United States and other NATO member states, undermining public support for the Afghan war.
According to the website icasualties.org, over 300 foreign troops, mostly US personnel have lost their lives in Afghanistan in 2012.
A total number of 566 US-led forces died in Afghanistan in 2011. However, 2010 remains the deadliest year for foreign military casualties, with a death toll of 711.
Press TV has conducted an interview with Chicago-based author and Afghanistan expert, Mohammad Daud Miraki to shed more light on the issue at hand. What follows is a rough transcript of the interview.
Press TV: Mr. Miraki the term ‘green on blue’, a term recently coined describing attacks by Afghans on US-led foreign forces -Why is it that such attacks have been on the rise recently?
Miraki: After the invasion of Afghanistan, the US actually invested in this artificial arrangement of a national army of police, as an economy of its own - actually, there was no development of anything as such; and a lot of people enlisted in this simply to survive and support their families.
But they are Afghans and they are patriots and they have dignity and they are Muslim. And when they are mistreated by the US forces, you know, many Afghans higher up, even colonels and generals have been treated with contempt by low-ranking US officers and that actually made many Afghan soldiers and so forth disenchanted. And equally, the rise in mass murder of Afghan civilians and the indiscriminate bombing of the villages and so forth… Of course, the soldiers are Afghans and they cannot take it anymore and as a result, the old saying goes, you can rent an Afghan, but you cannot purchase one; and that actually is coming to fruition and this trend will continue.
I am pretty sure that the situation will exacerbate and get worse. The US should have listened to the Russians when they invaded Afghanistan in 2001, they acted in a very conquering mentality that they can go there and conquer and everything will be done in a blink of an eye.
But the Russians told them that this is Afghanistan, it will bite you where it is least expected and that is exactly what is happening.
Press TV: How will such attacks affect the relations between Afghanistan and the US, as well as the fate of the occupation? In other words, will these attacks end the occupation sooner or has the United States come to stay for quite a while?
Miraki: Well, the United States cannot stay. This is the longest war it has fought and remember… the US and George W. Bush and all those criminals who initially announced that they are going to do surgical attacks to disrupt the so-called al-Qaeda, which of course is a term they coined - coined by the attorney general of New York - and no such thing exists as al-Qaeda. And they were going to destroy this, and they were going to topple the Taliban regime; going to do this, going to do that, they haven’t done anything.
They claimed there were supposedly 500 al-Qaeda fighters, you know, they treated al-Qaeda fighters like a bunch of chickens… that they can give birth to countless chicks in a month’s time and those al-Qaeda do not finish, supposedly.
But they continued this operation: they installed a corrupt regime, they brought criminals and murderers and those murderers and criminals occupy positions of authority; deprived the Afghan people of their basic human rights, the right to live and there is absolutely no hope for the Afghan people.
So for the US to want to stay in Afghanistan, that should be welcomed by the Afghan resistance - the reason being, they will fight against them and there will be more Americans to kill by the Afghan resistance and be returned in body bags.
Press TV: And finally, what will the fate of Afghanistan be do you think, especially with America - the United States, being engaged in an election year?
Miraki: Well, the US administration - the government, they are concerned about their own fate and election and internal politics. Afghanistan is on the backburner they can hardly think about it. But it is an issue that they cannot forget; the issue that has really drained their economy; the issue that has cost the lives of thousands of American soldiers - of course that is what counts with Americans.
Countless Afghans have been murdered of course, but the issue is this, that the US government has to deal with it, if they…, as far as my efforts tell me, as far as the efforts that I have done with the State Department and all the various US agencies, I came to the conclusion that the US government is not serious about peace and the efforts that they are doing through talking with the Taliban is simply to utilize it for their election and other agendas.
They are not serious about peace and the prospects of peace looks relatively dim to me.