Insider attacks” by attackers in Afghan military uniforms are continuing to increase, U.S. government investigators said.
Taliban infiltrators and rogue soldiers have killed hundreds of Afghan troops and dozens of U.S. troops over the past few years. U.S. forces are supposed to leave Afghanistan soon under a U.S.-Taliban peace deal signed on February 29, but the increasing number of insider attacks bodes badly for the future of the U.S.-backed Afghan government.
Gunmen dressed as Afghan soldiers launched a brutal attack on a maternity hospital in Kabul last week, killing over twenty women and children in a targeted assault against the Shi’a Muslim-majority Hazara community.
U.S. investigators found that 2019 was the deadliest year on record for insider attacks within the Afghan military, with 172 killed and 85 wounded, according to a report released on Tuesday by the Lead Inspector General.
Insider attacks have already killed 48 Afghan troops in the first three months of 2020 alone. The report was written before the Kabul hospital attack.