The trust deficit between Afghan national forces and NATO-led coalition forces has been widening since the last year. There have been multiple incidents where personnel of Afghan forces killed personnel of NATO-led coalition forces. It is unfortunate and steps should be taken to find out solutions of such tragedies. Hamid Karzai-led coalition government in Afghanistan has virtually failed in containing terrorists linked to different outfits, as they have been carrying out their activities across the country without any fear of being chased or arrested. Now, the tragedy is that Afghan national forces are also fast converting into rogue elements.
Afghan officials disclosed on Friday that an Afghan police commander along with his number of subordinates had killed three US soldiers in the southern province of Helmand. The commander actually laid a plan and trapped the US soldiers. The troops were invited to a dinner where security-related issues were to be discussed. The rogue Afghan forces turned their guns on the guests and killed them on the spot. Afghan officials also admitted their inability to arrest the culprits, saying that they do not have records of the culprits’ identities.
Afghan authorities appear least inclined in arresting the criminals. It is not the first incident of this type. Troops of both the forces have exchanged fire with each other a number of times, but always the crime is played down by officials of both sides, saying the mistake would not be repeated. According to NATO, this year, there have been more than 24 attacks on foreign troops based in the volatile country, with 28 troops in total killed. It is a huge number and shocking for the NATO-led coalition forces as well. The three killings that took place in the recent attack are not included in the given figure.
Last year, around 35 soldiers of the NATO-led coalition forces were killed in 21 attacks. Majority of those attacks either took place in federal capital Kabul or nearby. However, the government has never bothered to curb such activities of the terrorists and most of the time keeps silence over the issue. The US is planning to withdraw the NATO-led 130,000 troops from the volatile country at the end of 2014, while Afghan security forces are trained only to open fire on friends. There is a dire need to not only train Afghan security forces on the modern lines, but also equip them with the sophisticated weapons so that they could fight effectively against terrorists.
The Afghan government should also pay heed to such nefarious incidents as such unpleasant episodes are only bound to deteriorate things further.