Odd No One Thought to Start Counting

until then. I would have thought that sort of thing would be at least interesting, if not downright important.

Gen. Allen: 52 U.S. Soldiers Killed By Afghan Security Forces Since 2007

Afghan Security Forces have killed at least 52 and wounded approximately 70 of their American counterparts since 2007 in what the military describes as “green on blue” attacks, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan told lawmakers last week.

…At the hearing, Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) asked Gen. Allen, “How many ISAF and American personnel have died as a result of green-on-blue attacks? And how many such attacks are still currently under investigation?”

“I’ll have to get you the final number on the numbers under investigation, but we’ve had 52 Americans who have been killed and another 60 or so — 68 — who have been wounded since 2007 when we first started to track these events,” responded the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan.

The number of “green on blue” fatal attacks may be greater given that the Afghanistan war has been raging since October 2001, but the Pentagon has only been keeping track of such deaths since May 2007.

Gen. Allen mentioned that of the 52 “green on blue” deaths since 2007, six have taken place “this calendar year” alone.

However, a seventh soldier [ths notes: a Marine] was killed by Afghan security forces in February, but the Pentagon did not reveal the treachery, the Associated Press reported on March 16. That would bring the total of American deaths at the hands of their Afghan counterparts to 53.

Then again, schmaybe it was just more convenient not to know.

ths Update: In a scathing article, Investors Business Daily says, “This stinks. Why would military brass cover up such growing treachery on the part of our supposed ally?

Why, indeed?

5 Responses to “Odd No One Thought to Start Counting”

  1. Skyler says:

    That little statistic would have been nice for my battalion to know when we were working with those scum that frequently threatened our Marines with machine guns.

  2. JeffS says:

    Why would the brass cover this up? Because they’re kissing President Zero’s arse, that’s why.

  3. Ebola says:

    One of whom was my flight CO. Fucking bastards.

  4. nightfly says:

    So the Pentagon started keeping track in 2007, and the media stopped keeping track a year later.

  5. major dad says:

    And where was the cartoon character known as Karzai? Sure as hell not saying he was sorry for those deaths.

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