The phrase “green on blue attacks” is a reference to when members of the Afghan forces turn on Western troops. As of late these incidents are becoming a growing concern as dozens of service members have already been killed. In fact Tuesday morning, Fox News reported the top U.S. General was attacked in Afghanistan when he tried to stop such insider attacks. The strike took place shortly after midnight and forced Bagram Air Force Base to lockdown for more than an hour.
On Sunday an American soldier was killed in Southern Afghanistan by uniformed Afghan police who were supposed to be friendly. The slaying marked the 10th death in the past two weeks involving insider attacks. So far this year 40 U.S. and NATO service members have been killed in 30 attacks. Last year there were a total of 11 deaths.
“We are deeply concerned about this from top to bottom,” said President Barack Obama.
An eight step vetting process of Afghan citizens entering into the police and security forces is currently being used. The process is being examined with a fine toothed comb.
“Legitimately, we ought to go back to those tribal elders and say, hey, you know - you endorsed this young man, and he became an insider threat,” said General Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. “And we need to understand what went wrong.”
Strengthening the vetting process and providing better counter intelligence are top priorities. President Obama also hopes a current program will stop violence.
“We've got what's called the Guardian Angel program to make sure that our troops aren’t in isolated situations that might make them more vulnerable,” said Obama. “But obviously we're going to have to do more because there has been an uptick over the last 12 months.”
This information has surfaced just before hundreds of Pennsylvania Army National Guard Soldiers are scheduled to deploy to Afghanistan. The 1-104th Attack Reconnaissance Battalion is scheduled to leave Fort Indiantown Gap in Lebanon County Tuesday morning. The more than 325 soldiers will provide aerial support in Afghanistan using AH-64 Apache helicopters.