Afghan attacks on US troops under-reportedSubmitted by SemperFi on Fri, 05/11/2012 - 09:58
WASHINGTON - The United States military is under-reporting the number of times that Afghan soldiers and police open fire on American and other foreign troops.
The U.S.-led coalition routinely reports each time an American or other foreign soldier is killed by an Afghan in uniform. But The Associated Press has learned it does not report insider attacks in which the Afghan wounds — or misses — his U.S. or allied target. It also doesn't report the wounding of troops who were attacked alongside those who were killed.
I've recently noticed this bit of legerdemain by several news agencies:
Man in Afghan army uniform shoots dead Nato soldier
A Nato soldier in the eastern Afghan province of Kunar has been shot dead by a man in an Afghan army uniform, officials
The soldier in question is an American.
Why not ID him as such?
Maybe to avoid stirring up the war-weary American public that another young man has dies in a useless and unnecessary military occupation?
I also find it disturbing this globalization of soldiers nationalities as assuming NATO is the main military force in Afghanistan, instead of the US being the primary occupying force.
Other nations there has only have token forces for political window dressing.