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Green on Blue equals RED, Part II

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This is Part II of a two-part series. Part one can be read at http://bouhammer.com/2012/08/green-on-blue-equals-red/ As the Sr. NCO on my team I always told my team to NEVER trust anyone that is not 100% American, even our terps. Even though we trusted them more than anyone else (we had to as our lives counted on…

Green on Blue equals RED

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I remember when I wrote about Green on Blue attacks over the last few years and they were like anomalies that were devastating, but rare.  I can’t write about them like that anymore because they are just happening too damned often. We are losing our warfighters to the hands of our “friends” weekly, and that is unacceptable. This is…

Our troops are surrounded

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Our troops are surrounded

The fight in Afghanistan is referred to as an asymmetric battlefield or a 360 degree battlefield. This is because it is not the standard linear type of fight we have faced in the past in many wars like WWI, WWII, Korea and many other wars of past. The 360 degree battlefield means that there is no real…

40 Taliban killed? I am not so sure

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About 40 Taliban militants were killed and 14 injured when militants launched a cross-border attack against police checkposts in Afghanistan’s eastern Paktika province Saturday, a provincial government spokesman said. That sounds like great news but the fact that this information is from the Afghans makes it highly suspect, especially with Afghan police in the Gomal…

A failing program

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A failing program

Pentagon Defends Afghan Local Police Program The Pentagon defended a program Monday that recruits local police forces in Afghan villages despite a U.S.-funded report that raises questions about the militia’s performance and alleged abuses. Top officers, including the former commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan, Gen. David Petraeus, have portrayed the Afghan Local…

Finally some good news on the ANP

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It is good to finally see some positive stories coming out of Afghanistan when it comes to training the Afghan National Police. Now if these could just start becoming common and not the exception. While still primitive, U.S. Army Lt. Col. John Voorhees boasted of its progress when he visited one rainy day last week…

Corruption is creating our enemies

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I have talked about corruption and the ANP many times on this blog. You can click HERE and see some of those postings where I talked about corruption and the ANP. The story below really addresses how corruption turns neutral locals against and and motivates them to help our enemies. Corruption and the abuse of…

Gardez takes another hit

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It appears that Gardez, Afghanistan which has always been a target of IEDs and suicide bombers is once again in the news. This time the bombers took out some important people in the security forces there. My good friend Scott Kesterson has many friends there in the Gardez-based ANA and ANP. I surely hope none…

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