US General: We're 'Mad as Hell' About Insider Attacks

As fresh attack by suicide bomber in police uniform kills 14
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 1, 2012 6:20 AM CDT
Updated Oct 1, 2012 7:35 AM CDT
Suicide Attack on Afghan NATO Patrol Kills 14
Afghan police secure the site of a suicide bombing in Khost, south of Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, Oct. 1, 2012.   (AP Photo/Nashanuddin Khan)

The US is "mad as hell" over the rash of green-on-blue attacks it's facing in Afghanistan, the top US commander there says, even as a fresh attack today killed 14 people in the country's east. "We're going to get after this," Gen. John Allen told 60 Minutes interview last night. "It reverberates everywhere, across the United States. You know, we're willing to sacrifice a lot for this campaign. But we're not willing to be murdered for it," he said. He stressed however that "the vast majority of Afghans" are "with us in this."

Attacks by Afghan security forces on their NATO counterparts have become disturbingly common, and this morning's suicide blast killed three NATO troops, four police officers, an Afghan interpreter, and six civilians. Some 37 civilians were wounded in the attack, says a local official. The bomber was wearing a police uniform, according to a witness; the provincial governor says the attacker was on an explosives-laden motorcycle. The Taliban says it's behind the attack, but the group typically claims responsibility for any attack that kills foreign troops, Reuters notes. Yesterday, the number of US troops killed in Afghanistan hit 2,000. (Read more Afghanistan stories.)

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