Green on Blue Attack in Afghanistan – One Soldier Killed, Two Wounded
Southern Afghanistan – Saturday morning, in what appears to be a green on blue attack (insider), a US Service Member was killed and two others wounded. Resolute Support is the NATO Mission in Afghanistan. This insider attack is under investigation.
Resolute Support issued this statement:
Kabul, Afghanistan – One U.S. service member was killed and two other U.S. service members were wounded during an apparent insider attack in southern Afghanistan, July 7.
The wounded service members, who are in stable condition, are currently being treated.
The incident is under investigation.
In accordance with U.S. Department of Defense policy, the name of the service member killed in action is being withheld until 24 hours after next of kin notification is complete. Additional information will be released as appropriate.
Details are sketchy at this point, but the incident is thought to have transpired in Uruzgan Province.
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reported,
“U.S. Lieutenant Colonel Martin O’Donnell, a spokesman for the NATO-led mission, declined to disclose the location of the incident or other details when reached by RFE/RL…
The Taliban said in a statement that a member of the Afghan security forces opened fire on U.S. troops in Uruzgan Province. The statement said that the attacker killed four people and injured several others.
O’Donnell told RFE/RL in an e-mail that the soldier killed in the July 7 incident was the third U.S. service member to have died in Afghanistan this year.”
Green on Blue Attacks
Incidents where Afghan police, military, or people masquerading as our allies kill ISAF [mostly U.S., British, or German] soldiers is considered a “green on blue attack.”
According to Adrian Bonenberger, US Army veteran and former Infantry officer,
Blue is “friendly” forces (Americans represent their forces as Blue, for example, and other NATO country forces as Green). Green is “allied” forces (every non-U.S. NATO unit would be Green during a NATO exercise). Red is “hostile” or “enemy” forces—those opposing NATO and the U.S.
In the context of Afghanistan, then, from the U.S. perspective, all U.S. forces are “Blue.” All allies (Afghan, ISAF/NATO, non-NATO allies) are “Green.” And all Taliban and ISIS forces are “Red.”
Infiltration by the Taliban or Afghan defections are playing a part in the attacks, according to realcleardefense.com.
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