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From CBS News:
The strategy for getting U.S. forces out of Afghanistan depends on training Afghan soldiers and police to protect the country themselves, but on Monday the U.S. military suspended most joint field operations with Afghan forces because so many Americans are being killed by the men they are training.
Afghan government troops — our allies — have turned their guns on NATO forces 36 times this year, killing 51, most of them Americans. That is more attacks than the last two years combined.
The order effectively suspends “until further notice” most of the operations which U.S. and Afghan troops conduct side by side. At higher headquarters, Afghans and Americans will still work together, but in the field small unit operations putting Afghan soldiers alongside Americans — the guts of the U.S. strategy to turn the fighting over to Afghans — will be suspended unless an exception is granted by a commanding general.
The order was issued after a long weekend in which four American and two British troops were killed by so-called “insider attacks” — Afghans turning their guns on their supposed allies.
Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey called the surge in insider attacks “a very serious threat to the campaign.”
In addition, two Marines were killed and eight fighter jets destroyed by enemy fighters who penetrated a heavily fortified base.
A very serious threat to the campaign. You think so? As for the Harriers destroyed by the Taliban, it cost us up to $240 million.
But regarding the suspension of patrols, is that the sound of state-building and population-centric counterinsurgency being flushed down the toilet? Coriolis acceleration is too weak to effect the direction that water spins in a toilet. So you can imagine it going whichever way you like.