Military rejected report suggesting dangers of treachery attacks
Nato chiefs were warned last year, in a document they commissioned, that the attacks were “part of a growing and systematic threat” that was undermining the war effort.
But the report, from Dr Jeffrey Bordin, an American behavioural scientist, was declared secret, and he was removed from his job and forced to leave Afghanistan.
Since the report was produced, a third of British casualties have been the result of so-called green on blue attacks, with 12 soldiers shot dead by the Afghan police or army in Helmand province this year.
Last weekend Capt Walter Barrie, 41, of The Royal Scots Borderers, 1st Bn The Royal Regiment of Scotland, was the latest to die when he was shot by a member of the Afghan army after a football match following a Remembrance Sunday service.
The report contained a series of warnings about the risk from Afghan forces to their western allies. It said that attacks were not “isolated incidents”, as had been suggested by both British and US commanders, but were part of a worsening trend.
After interviewing more than 600 US and Afghan soldiers, Dr Bordin recognised “a rapidly growing systemic homicide threat (a magnitude of which may be unprecedented between 'allies’ in modern military history)”. His 70-page report, entitled“A Crisis of Trust and Cultural Incompatibility”, spoke of a breakdown in relations between Western soldiers and their Afghan colleagues.
Afghans, it found, had been provoked into fights, and even attempts to kill, by behaviour that included Western soldiers “urinating in public, their cursing at, insulting and being rude and vulgar to ANSF members, and unnecessarily shooting animals”.
Western troops, especially Americans, regarded the Afghans they were fighting alongside as untrustworthy, dishonest, incompetent and practising “repulsive hygiene”.I think the illiteracy of the Afghans and their lack of contact with the outside world makes it difficult for them to comprehend other cultures. They seem incapable of communicating their issues and resort to violence instead.
However the Taliban have also infiltrated their ranks and spread racor and in some cases sent people to join them for the specific purpose of killing our troops.