Afghanistan: Deaths in Kabul airport military spat

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  1. BBC News - Afghanistan: Deaths in Kabul airport military spat

    Several people have been killed or wounded after an Afghan air force officer exchanged fire with foreign troops at Kabul airport during an argument, the defence ministry says.

    The incident apparently took place at a facility used by the Afghan air force at around 1100 local time (0630 GMT), ministry spokesman Gen Mohammad Zahir Azimi said.

    The ministry gave no further details.

    A Nato spokesman confirmed the shooting and the casualties.

    "We can confirm there was small arms fire during this incident, we're also aware that there are some Isaf casualties," said International Security Assistance Force spokesman Maj Tim James.

    "We believe the incident has now concluded and we don't know how the shooting started."

    Witnesses reported hearing sirens and seeing a heavy military presence near the facility.

    The Taliban claimed responsibility for the incident in a text to the Associated Press news agency, but the authorities have not confirmed any insurgent activity.

    Correspondents say rapid recruitment into the Afghan military has raised fears of Taliban infiltration into the police and army.

    Nato's exit strategy for Afghanistan involves progressively handing over to the local security forces.

    But there have been a number of attacks recently on foreign forces by Afghan security personnel.

    The deadliest was last November when an Afghan policeman killed six US soldiers.

    And two Nato soldiers were shot dead by an Afghan border policeman in northern Faryab province on 4 April, local officials said.
  2. About time we just left them to it. If they want to dissolve into a civil war, let them crack on, but leave us out of it.
  3. thanks DD, here is the content under DD's link:

    Six American soldiers have been killed in Afghanistan after an Afghan army officer opened fire at the air force headquarters at Kabul airport, sources tell Al Jazeera.

    The Afghan defence ministry said violence broke out between an Afghan air force pilot and US troops following an argument on Wednesday inside a facility used by the Afghan Air Force.

    General Mohammad Zahir Azimi, a ministry spokesman, said the gunman was killed in the shooting.

    "For the past 20 years, he has been a military pilot. An argument happened between him and the foreigners and we have to investigate that," he said.

    The Taliban claimed responsibility for the killings but authorities could not confirm the group's involvement.

    A spokesman for the group told Al Jazeera that one of its members had been serving in the army for a long time with the aim of killing foreign forces and finally got the chance.

    NATO confirmed there were casualties in the incident.

    "We can confirm there was small arms fire during this incident, we're also aware that there are some ISAF casualties," Major Tim James, a spokesman for the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), said.

    ?NATO efforts to train and equip local forces into taking over responsibility for security across Afghanistan by 2014 have been hit by a string of attacks carried out by men who have apparently infiltrated the armed forces or who committed attacks wearing unauthorised uniforms.

    The defence ministry in Kabul was targeted last week by a gunman in army uniform wearing a suicide vest, in an attack that left three people dead.

    Earlier this month, an attack at a military base in the east killed nine including five foreign troops and four Afghan soldiers, while the police chief of Kandahar in southern Afghanistan was also assassinated.

    There are about 130,000 international troops serving in Afghanistan although Afghan forces are in control of
    security in Kabul.

    Limited foreign troop withdrawals are due to begin in July ahead of a complete pull-out of international combat troops in 2014.
  4. Didn't this sort of thing happen pretty much every week to the Soviets once they'd decided to make the classic mistake of entering Afghanistan? As I remember, immediately after the initial Soviet invasion/occupation/intervention (call it what you will), some 70+ per cent of the Democratic Republic of Afghanistan's Army simply ceased to exist, mostly melting away and taking whatever kit they could with them. A lot of the buggers nipped off to join the local Mujahideen, complete with Soviet-supplied uniform, weapon and ammo still in use by the remaining, loyal(ish) DRA forces. They had to rebuild the damned thing virtually from scratch merely to guard Kabul, as I recall, and ever after the Soviet Army just didn't trust its Afghan "comrades", at any level. Doesn't seem the locals have got any more loyal to Johnny Foreigner, or his weird ideas about women wearing skirts and being allowed to read.

    Obviously probably not quite the same situation here (lots of reasons), but the parallel is a bit depressing. Then again, maybe I'm talking utter pigshit, I dunno.