A Pentagon advisor and military strategist believes the killings
of U.S. service members at the hands of Afghan police present
a serious problem for coalition forces trying to complete their
Terrorists recently fired rockets into a U.S. base in
Afghanistan, damaging the plane of the chairman of the U.S. Joint
Chiefs of Staff while he was there on a visit. The top American
military chief was not near the plane at the time of the attack,
and no one was injured.
Retired Army Lt. Col. Bob
Maginnis, senior fellow for national security at the Family Research Council (FRC),
explains that Army Gen. Martin Dempsey was in Afghanistan to
discuss the state of the war following a string of killings of U.S.
military trainers by their Afghan partners.
"He was there to talk to the command about what we call
[green-on-blue] attacks; in other words, Afghans attacking American
or allied forces," Maginnis details.
He says such attacks are part of an effort by the Taliban
to reclaim control of the country once the U.S. and allied forces
"I fully expect that once most of our forces are gone
-- the reliability of the Afghan forces not being very high
-- that the Taliban will make a play for retaking that
country," the strategist predicts.
Maginnis adds that green-on-blue attacks are
a serious problem for coalition forces trying to complete
their mission in Afghanistan.
"If you can't trust them not to shoot you, than that's really
going to undermine the effect that we have with them," he