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Thursday, March 1, 2012
Jordan Bear, Staff Sergeant, United States Army
I. Name: Jordan Bear
II. Rank: Staff Sergeant
III. Country Served: United States
IV. Service: United States Army
V. Conflict: War in Afghanistan (Global War on Terrorism)
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From Answering Muslims:
THURSDAY, MARCH 1, 2012
Two More U.S. Soldiers Killed over Quran Burning, Obama Claims Apologies Have "Calmed Things Down"
After the killing of American troops began, NATO separated Afghan workers from Western forces. Now that NATO has allowed Afghan workers to return to base, the killing of U.S. soldiers by Afghan "allies" has resumed.
It's one thing to get killed on the battlefield. It's quite another to get killed by someone you've been ordered to work with as a show of good relations. I have no idea who dreamed up the "sitting duck" strategy, but it's costing a lot of lives.
KABUL – Two American soldiers were killed Thursday in a shooting by an Afghan soldier and a literacy teacher at a joint base in southern Afghanistan, officials said, the latest in a series of deaths as anti-Americanism rises following the burning of Qurans by U.S. soldiers.
Both were killed on the same day that the top NATO commander allowed a small number of foreign advisers to return to work at Afghan ministries after more than a week of being locked down in secure locations because of the killing of two other Americans.
Thursday's killings raised to six the number of Americans killed in less than two weeks amid heightened tensions over the Feb, 20 burning of Qurans and other Islamic texts that had been dumped in a garbage pit at Bagram Air Field near Kabul. More than 30 Afghans also were killed in six days of violent riots that broke out after the incident.
President Barack Obama and other U.S. officials apologized and said the burning was an accident, but that has failed to quell the anger. (Read more.)
Meanwhile, President Obama is claiming that his apologies "calmed things down."
WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama said his apology for the burning of Korans at a U.S. military base has "calmed things down" in Afghanistan, after the incident triggered an outbreak of violence that left four U.S. service members and dozens of Afghans dead last week.
On Thursday, two more American troops were reported killed by an Afghan soldier and civilian opening fire on them.
In an interview with ABC News' Bob Woodruff that aired Wednesday, Obama was asked if he thought his apologizing to Afghan counterpart Hamid Karzai had improved the situation on the ground. The president replied, "It calmed things down." (Read more.)
Around 40 people have been killed over the recent Qur'an burning, and Obama tells us that his apologies really made a difference. I wonder how many people Obama thinks would have died without all the cowardly groveling?
Two NATO soldiers were killed Thursday by a man believed to be an Afghan soldier and an Afghan civilian, the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said.
The killings follow the shooting deaths of two U.S. officers in the Afghan Interior Ministry last week and will fuel further questions about the NATO mission to train and hand off security there to the Afghan National Security Force.
The ISAF statement said the two Afghans, including one believed to be an Afghan National Army service member, turned their weapons on ISAF troops in southern Afghanistan.
ISAF did not release the nationality of the soldiers killed.
Media reports from Afghanistan said the attack occurred just hours after some NATO personnel were allowed back into Afghan ministries in Kabul. They were removed following the Interior ministry shooting.
Violence in Afghanistan has spiked after widespread protests over the accidental burning of Qurans at a U.S. airbase last month.
But violence involving supposedly friendly Afghans attacking NATO forces has been a continual issue in the country. A Pentagon report found there have been 42 such attacks from 2007 through January 2012.
Last week's ministry attacks prompted some Democrats to call for a quicker withdrawal from Afghanistan, while many Republicans argued it showed the United States needs to re-evaluate its plan to withdraw 23,000 surge troops this year.
NATO plans to hand over control of security to the Afghans by the end of 2014. The Obama administration said it was not changing its strategy after the Interior ministry shooting.
The administration has sought to ease tensions amid the continuing violence. Last month, President Obama offered a written apology to Afghan President Hamid Karzai over the burned Qurans.
Republican lawmakers and the party’s presidential contenders have blasted Obama for the apology, saying it showed weakness.
In an interview with ABC News aired Wednesday, Obama defended the decision and the U.S. mission training Afghan security forces.
Obama said he believed Afghan troops "welcomed and benefited from the training and partnering that we're doing.”
But, he cautioned, "that doesn't mean there aren't going to some tragic incidents.”
And this, from Atlas Shrugs;
Thursday, March 01, 2012
TRUSTED AFGHAN SOLDIER EXECUTES NATO SOLDIERS IN AFGHANISTAN
More proof of the terrible delusion of fantasists and their moderate Islam. Two more soldiers were killed by two Afghans, including one believed to be an Afghan soldier. On top of the previous two...
"Two Nato soldiers have been shot dead by two Afghans including a man believed to be a soldier, Nato has said.
"The attack is likely to raise further questions about the future of Afghanistan's security forces.
"The shootings, which happened in southern Afghanistan, came after two senior US officers were gunned down in Afghanistan's interior ministry by what Afghan security officials said was a police intelligence official on Saturday."....
Obama's weak and feckless policy has led to an unprecedented level of killing of our soldiers. Bring our boys home.
That attack raised questions about Nato's strategy of replacing large combat units with advisers as the alliance tries to winddown the conflict. Nato immediately moved to withdraw all its advisers from Afghan ministries, and was followed by Britain, Germany and Canada.
At least five Nato soldiers have been killed by Afghan security forces since the burning of copies of the Qu'ran at a Nato base lastmonth triggered widespread protests.
According to the US, around 70 members of the Nato force were killed in 42 "insider" attacks between May 2007 and January this year.
The incidents have become more frequent since the US sent tens of thousands more soldiers to Afghanistan as part of a surge of troops to fight in Taliban strongholds.