Tuesday, 8 January 2013
From the Telegraph
A member of the Afghan army has shot dead a British soldier in the year's first insider attack, according to officials in the region. As many as six British troops were also injured in the shooting in Helmand Province.
It is the latest such incident in a string of insider attacks that threatens to undermine the handover from international forces to local troops.
The Ministry of Defence said a soldier with 28 Engineer Regiment, attached to 21 Engineer Regiment, was killed at Patrol Base Hazrat in the Nahr-e Saraj area. His family have been informed.
"An individual wearing an Afghan National Army uniform turned his weapon against International Security Assistance Force (Isaf) service members in southern Afghanistan yesterday, killing one," is how Isaf, the Nato force described the killing in a statement on Tuesday. The Ministry of Defence said the attacker had initially turned his weapon on fellow ANA members, before turning his fire on Isaf soldiers.
Last year, more than 60 troops from the force were killed in so-called "green on blue" attacks, leading to concerns about whether a strategy of training local forces to take over security when Nato combat forces leave in 2014 could work. The Taliban frequently claim such killings are the work of their agents who have infiltrated Afghan security forces. However, ISAF and Afghan officials say that many are due to personal grudges.
A member of the Afghan National Army in Helmand said the attacker - shot dead after opening fire - was from Laghman Province, in the east of the country and had joined the Afghan army a year ago.
"He was well-known as being religious and would lead prayers, acting as an imam," said the soldier, speaking on condition of anonymity.
Posted on 01/08/2013 1:51 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
8 Jan 2013
The BBC news has just described the murderer as,"a man in Afghan army uniform".
8 Jan 2013
"He was well-known as being religious, and would lead prayers, acting as an imam".
The more 'religious', the more openly and piously Muslim, the more dangerous.
Or ...the more obviously dangerous.
One encounters a Muslim in the full gang uniform, whether male or female, a Muslim who is obviously observant, and one knows - or ought to know - to be very, very wary of them.
The other kind - the clean-shaven male in the suit who isn't above having a beer now and then, the woman who dresses like a normal western woman and is either bare-headed or dons a flimsy wisp of a scarf as a nod to the classic Islamic Slave Rag - is harder to read, and actually more dangerous, because they might be someone on their way out of Islam, a closet apostate (as Ayaan Hirsi Ali was, as she gradually shed her Islamic cover-ups, along with all the other conditioning) but again, they might not. They might be concealing an enmity just as deep as that of this 'imam'...concealing it behind an infidel-friendly superficially or seemingly entirely-kafirized infidel-disarming exterior, all the better to achieve their ultimate goal.
And we will probably encounter more and more of the latter kind, as the wider infidel population wises up to the easily-spotted menace of the former.