Men wearing Afghan military uniforms shot dead two NATO soldiers in the country’s south Wednesday, the coalition said, the
first insider attack on foreign troops since the Taliban’s bitter power transition.
So-called “green-on-blue” attacks — when Afghan soldiers or police turn their guns on international troops — have been a major problem during NATO’s
long years fighting alongside Afghan forces.
No group has so far claimed responsibility for Wednesday’s attack in the volatile province of Helmand.
It was the first such incident since Mullah Akhtar Mansour was named the new Taliban chief following the announcement of the death of longtime leader
Western officials say most such incidents stem from personal grudges and cultural misunderstandings rather than insurgent plots.
The killings have bred fierce mistrust between local and foreign forces even though their number has declined in recent years.
The last insider attack was in April, when an American soldier was killed in a firefight between US and Afghan troops in eastern Afghanistan.
It was the first apparent “green-on-blue” attack since Washington announced a delay in US troop withdrawals from the country.
NATO ended its combat mission in Afghanistan last December and pulled out the bulk of its troops although a 13,000-strong residual force remains for
training and counter-terrorism operations.
US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter at the time said the US soldier’s killing showed that work remains to shore up Afghan forces in the “dangerous”