String of Afghan officer attacks on US troops
What's happening on the ground in Afghanistan?
- Duration 4:50
- Date Aug 17, 2012
What's happening on the ground in Afghanistan?
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-- he's now -- recent string of attacks in Afghanistan carried out by Afghan police and military members.
Against our forces.
And everything's new questions about our strategy in that country.
Afghan security forces have attacked troops training them 29 times so far this year that's more than doubled the total number of attacks from last year and the same type.
Now in the latest attack here's what we know -- newly recruited policeman Afghan policemen it turns on his American trainers who have -- given him.
A new gun in a ceremony.
Moments before the attack.
Two US servicemen were killed the for the gunman was fatally shot general Jack Keane is a retired four star general former vice chief of staff.
Of the army and -- Fox News military -- spent quite a bit of time over in Afghanistan general -- you know we can really hear about these attacks a couple years ago and now.
They are increasing why.
Well the tell -- -- always had a strategy to.
A -- a public support.
For the war not only in in our capital and our cities in America but also throughout the NATO forces and they have found that.
This plays very largely in our capitals when an incident like this happens as opposed to a normal.
Which would kill one of our soldiers so that that's the reason they're -- it.
It's it's covered far less inside about Afghanistan.
It doesn't diminish the significance of the human aspect of this and what it means to our families and to our soldiers and loved ones.
Who certainly killed or maimed by an incident like this in terms of our troops on the ground.
Look at they know that this is the -- months another form of warfare another tactic they're they're using to get after them.
It strengthens their resolve and it does not demoralize them to the point where they're pulling back quite the contrary.
When to -- -- bond ever get advantage over them I've seen this up close time and time again -- determination comes forward.
Even more than it than it has been so their resolve is right there.
Let's talk a little bit about that disease you -- -- -- have 80000 troops on the ground there here we are today and reporting to our viewers this attack.
I don't even remember the last time that I've reported a successful battle -- American forces have won in Afghanistan and were in the middle the fighting season and yeah I don't know what that says general -- I feel.
Conflicted about it and I'm just curious and on your side about what you know what's happening every 80000 troops there.
We're talking about all these other countries every day Syria Egypt and rightfully so but.
What's happening on the ground there.
Well every single day our soldiers are fighting a -- -- -- -- the one we double loss to flight took them to record frank about it.
And and that's the reality of the we've totally turned the momentum in the south and southwest where the surge forces were applied.
And -- transitioning.
In those areas.
-- the Afghan national security forces this summer as we speak.
Were applying as the main effort.
The -- and in regional command east so look to what we have done in the south and the southwest we have not made as greater progress in the east as we have in the south.
But you don't get those reports because there's -- reporters out on the ground.
Withdraw troops stay in and day out they -- those fights every single day against the tell a -- what gets reported.
Is that an incident like this right for the reasons I've stated previously.
Well it's it's good just to talk about his reasons -- frank conversation about it I mentioned at the beginning it -- some questions about the strategy going forward in Afghanistan.
Knew what can you tell us about what the strategy is right now and whether or not.
These attacks they get attention stateside are affecting those in power making decisions about the strategy.
-- -- -- I don't believe it's gonna change our policy we have two major decisions that will determine.
-- the future in the long term success in Afghanistan and what does what does -- size scale and purpose.
Of the residual or stay behind force that we will leave -- -- fourteen and those decisions.
Are being made as we speak at least the arguments on the table and the options are on the table the second thing.
Is what is the financial support for the Afghan national security forces post 2015.
Not forces now what 352000.
To fully support -- force an 86 billion dollars a year.
And right now there are options on the table to only provide four billion to that or something less than that that would bring a forced -- -- -- 130000.
If that happens general I don't see how we could succeed.
Beyond Tony fourteen and in Afghanistan with such a reduced.
Afghan national security forces when the all the while a majority of all the US and NATO forces would be gone at that time.
Well let's keep talking about it keep attention on -- general -- we just heard of course of the helicopter.
I'm going down over the last inning for hours and innocent families today are getting some very tough news -- of losing their sons in Afghanistan -- looking nice to have is always thank you.
Good talking to --