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US troops in Afghanistan are dead today after an Afghan police officer reportedly grabbed a machine gun in the back of a pickup truck.
And just opened fire into a group of our special forces.
It all comes one day after the Afghan President Hamid Karzai accused the united states military of secretly working win the Taliban.
To stage suicide bombings.
Today's insider attack happened in -- -- -- province which is just west of Kabul.
According to the reporting of the Associated Press the -- also wounded a number of other US troops and killed several Afghan police officers.
Of course insider attacks have indeed been a major problem for the Pentagon militant groups are believed to have infiltrated just about every level of the Afghan military the Afghan police.
Earlier today our new Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel wrapped up his first trip to Afghanistan since he took the position and he said that the Afghan President Hamid Karzai is.
Did it wrong when he claims that the US troops have helped states to suicide attacks in attendance here Afghans into allowing them stay.
Ed Henry with the news from the White House this afternoon.
This you know it's easy just what flies in the face the reality it feels like things are really deteriorating.
It really -- -- -- especially because Defense Secretary Eagles.
First strip as Defense Secretary to the war zone.
Really marred by both the violence you mentioned there were two other suicide bombings by the way this past weekend one of them killed at least eight children.
Beyond this morning's attack that you mention they killed at least two US soldiers so the bottom line is you have that violence barring -- trip on top of that.
These comments by President Karzai just downright bizarre and in fact drew a very angry response today from White House spokesman Jay -- listen to Karzai in incarnate.
America saying that the Taliban are not their enemy and that they are fighting the Taliban.
Then on the other hand in the name of the Taliban -- they are abusing our people.
The Taliban are in daily talks with the Americans but detonating bombs in Kabul in -- They claim they are -- -- to America but they are not.
-- categorically false and nobody believes.
And our men and women.
Or going on twelve years have sacrificed.
On behalf of Afghanistan.
And that is what's particularly galling for the administration of course Americans.
And and -- parts of the coalition all around the world is the fact that there's been over 3000.
Casualties among the coalition led by the US door in this war over the last twelve years so these comments from Karzai particularly galling to.
It's certainly not helpful you you wonder how in the world we're going to be able to have negotiations after we pull out of their affected 2014.
And that's -- that you're exactly right because that's why the administration here is pushing Karzai but they know they only have so much leverage because they need him.
In order to figure out what a post 2014 Afghanistan looks like.
Take a listen to general James Mattis who was asked by John McCain just a few days ago about how many US troops should be on the ground after the US officially supposed to be leaving.
-- 2014 -- us.
And what about the residual force -- The region post 2014 for senator.
That decision and I know has not been made yet it's still under consideration I have made my recommendation which -- That recommendation is for thirteen 1600 US -- -- -- I asked Jay -- about that specific number today he would not commit to whether or not the president is going to back general Mattis is a recommendation and that's one of the key things here in terms of the negotiation with Karzai moving forward after these unfortunate comments will the US commit to a force.
Of that kind of size or will they just simply pull out all together as we saw in Iraq there are critics of this in the administration who say that if we don't leave some forces behind.
Any security gains that have been made will be completely lost.
-- just wonder how many people will be lost that the left behind Ed -- with us thank you with us -- -- a break -- the situation -- Afghanistan -- I terrorism expert Robert and health and he just returned from a five week trip there -- the United States special forces unit.
Robert knows president Karzai's relatives knows his personal volley bodyguards he's been to his palace and he's the author of the book the world's most dangerous places at one point Robert was.
A neighbor of Osama bin -- so -- -- up now I don't know what to do -- We've been making these predictions you've been making them everybody's been make him on on your friend Hamid Karzai for a long time patty what do you do Robert.
Well personally got to realize there are actually two.
Sets of negotiations going on with the Taliban the US is gone around Karzai and set up.
An office in doha gutter.
With old school -- representatives from mullah -- group.
Karzai on the others trying to set up to deal with Pakistan to give him more influence with the Taliban and that's why so angry and that's why he spoke out.
The other -- -- -- is that the suicide bombings in -- actually done by the haqqani group which is not part of either of these conversations.
So the haqqani group has been running suicide bombers in the Kabul now for about three years.
That you've you pay a lot of attention this stuff if you were giving advice to anybody on this matter John McCain asking how many people are gonna stay behind.
General saying thirteen thousand nobody will commit.
Would it help for them to be there -- -- Well for what we have to scrape off that long tail support system we've -- we've we have thousands and thousands of troops ability to be there but we have a core group of special operations folks.
Who are using extraordinary intelligence and a lot of assets to go after.
Perpetrators those people need to stay because they literally pouring into the country as soon as the Americans pull out of a region and handed over the Afghans.
It gets infested by fundamentalist -- so those people need to stay there.
To a -- those people.
On the other hand Karzai's not going to be around in 2014.
You know -- -- a maximum term when the run.
So really the big crapshoot as what's gonna happen in 2014.
We should hedge your -- and tell.
One of the questions all along has been and our goal has been to train the Afghan forces to take care of themselves are we anywhere near that.
No I was with those forces in combat I can tell you this the commandos do a good job Afghan special forces yes they -- exactly what they say they are.
The Afghan army and and oh my god the Afghan national please give it up insist it's not gonna -- Well Robert Young -- and live with us from San Diego this afternoon Robert thanks again -- always.
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