Not Your Own People

Abby Zimet

While the Taliban have claimed responsiblity for the shooting of five British soldiers in Afghanistan, knowledgeable observers
have branded as "wishful thinking" the official U.K. line that the
attack was the work of one "rogue" policeman. In a war of ever-shifting
frontlines, complex tribal loyalties, and trainees who are often high,
illiterate, angry or working as infiltrators, a video report from the Guardian says, yesterday's attack was a foreseeable disaster just waiting to happen.

"What is significant is that the bullets did not come
across the fields from a distant ditch or building but from inside,
from the barrel of an ally's gun. It comes in a year marked by several
such instances, raising serious questions about the loyalty of
Afghanistan's security forces."


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