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Fri Mar 9, 2012, 07:56 AM

After a decade, Afghan forces don't trust Americans [View all]


A billboard for Afghan National Security Forces in Kabul, Afghanistan, says, "We are tireless servants of our people and country," and, "Through the efforts of Afghans and with the cooperation of the United States of America, Afghanistan today has more than 150,000 national army personnel and more than 110,000 police officers."

After a decade, Afghan forces don't trust Americans
By Jon Stephenson and Ali Safi | McClatchy Newspapers
Posted on Thursday, March 8, 2012

KABUL, Afghanistan Afghan soldiers and police say the recent burning of Qurans by U.S. personnel has seriously undermined their trust in their American counterparts, suggesting that the decade-long campaign to win hearts and minds has not only failed but also threatens the Obama administration's exit strategy.

"We are tired of the Americans here," said Mohammad Aziz, 20, a Kabul police officer. "We don't want them to stay because they keep insulting our religion."

The crisis of confidence has called into question the viability of the U.S.-led mission to have international soldiers and advisers train Afghan forces and hand security responsibilities to them before the end of 2014. The Afghans' abilities to safeguard their country against Taliban and other threats remain uncertain, and international trainers already have been forced to restrict their contact with Afghans after the violent backlash from the Quran incident.

"It has created a gap between us and the Americans," said Col. Rozi Khan of the Afghan army's commando brigade. "There is no trust between us."

unhappycamper comment: I doubt there will be helicopters landing on the Embassy roof this time, but the withdrawal of American Forces from Afghanistan will be fugly.

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