American and NATO troops will continue to face the threat of attacks from their Afghan counterparts for the duration of their mission, Afghanistan commander Gen. John Allen warned on Monday.
So-called “green on blue” violence on American soldiers is simply “a characteristic of counterinsurgency [operations],” Allen told reporters during a briefing at the Pentagon.
He predicted that continued attacks will likely be a fact of life for U.S. forces until they hand over control to Afghan forces and leave the country in 2014.
Allen’s comments come amid new reports of Afghan soldiers turning their fire on foreign service members.
A rogue Afghan army officer shot and killed one British soldier and a Royal Marine and wounded a third early Monday morning at the unit’s outpost in Lashkar Gah, the capitol of Afghanistan’s restive Helmund province, reports said.