By Associated Press, Updated: Sunday, September 2, 1:18 PM
KABUL, Afghanistan — The U.S. military has halted the training of some Afghan forces while it digs deeper into their background following a surge of attacks by soldiers and police on their international partners, officials said Sunday.
The move only puts about 1,000 Afghan trainees into limbo, a small fraction of the country’s security forces. But it shows how these attacks have the potential to derail the U.S.-Afghan handover of security so essential to the international drawdown strategy.
Officials say that the international coalition ultimately hopes to recheck the backgrounds of the entire 350,000-strong Afghan army and police.
The United States and its allies are pushing to have Afghan forces take over security for the country by the end of 2014. This effort has been imperiled by the spike in insider attacks that have killed 45 international service members this year, most of them Americans. There were at least 12 such attacks in August alone, resulting in 15 deaths.
Most of us call it "Turdbucketstan" and we used to feel sorry for these people, especially when they lived under the genocide and craziness of the Taliban. But they are what they are and it's time to get out. The only battle worth fighting there, to me, is liberating the women from their lower than a donkey status but again - it is what it is and not likely to change. If they cause trouble later on, we have ways of getting to them. Turdbucketstan just isn't important any more.