Insider attacks damaging morale

IF THE Iraq war became known as the conflict that brought the horror of improvised explosive devices to global infamy, Afghanistan is quickly becoming the face of a new and even more insidious form of deadly violence - the insider attack.

Known in NATO parlance as green on blue (green represents friendly national forces and blue represents international forces), the attacks have increased dramatically this year.

So far, 48 NATO troops - including the three Australians killed on Wednesday - have died in 31 separate attacks.

This month, during Ramadan, 11 US soldiers were killed in nine days.

The high number represents 14 per cent of all combat fatalities this year and though it is still only August, the figure is already significantly higher than last year, when 31 troops died.


Read more at Brisbane Times

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