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Close co-operation with the Afghan security forces ‘fundamental’ to success

September 19, 2012

In an article published in the Daily Telegraph, the Commanding Officer of 3rd Battalion The Rifles and the Brigade Advisory Group in Afghanistan, Lieutenant Colonel Charlie Maconochie, argues that recent ‘green on blue’ attacks should not alter ISAF’s course.

Lieutenant Colonel Charlie Maconochie

Lieutenant Colonel Charlie Maconochie. Picture: Crown Copyright/MOD 2012

The phrases ‘green on blue’ and ‘insider threat’ would, a year ago, have rendered a puzzled look on the faces of most members of the public. When discussing the military campaign in Afghanistan today, it is the issue of the moment for many and expressions with which the man in the street is all too familiar.

Both of these terms are used to describe a deliberate attack by a member of the Afghan forces against International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) personnel, which includes British troops and our international allies whom they work alongside.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. September 19, 2012 21:48

    I agree with him.

  2. September 20, 2012 17:05

    I also agree that this is the best way forward.

    Although, the British public don’t like it, I mean no one likes to see stories of our troops dieing on foreign soil for a war they don’t even understand, let alone actually support. We are going to be in Afghanistan for the next two years before troop reductions start in 2014, so we may as well do the job right and try to leave the country in a better state than it was when we started.

    Afterall, was one of our main initiatives in Afghanistan not ‘nation building?’

  3. Claudio Alpaca permalink
    September 22, 2012 20:36

    Blue and green, insiders are terms that designe the attack to ISAF Forces by Afghan forces’s members. But on the attention to the problem on his complexity are our capacities: we must distinguish single episodes, posed on by single members of Afghan forces by Afghan forces. On the contrary we risk to vanify the transition phase.
    I understand that many of our soldiers have been killed, and this done us saddness, but, just to not vanify their sacrifices, we may remember them continuing our duty as always. claudio alpaca

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