The Stars & Stripes reports that the murder of three Marines last week was committed by a fifteen-year-old Afghan boy who never should have been allowed on the base where he committed his crime, but, apparently he was the local police chief’s “tea boy” so he got unfettered access to the entire base. He found an unsecured weapon and emptied it into four American Marines who were exercising in the gym, killing three and seriously wounding the fourth;
Then Aynoddin walked out of the gym, rifle still in hand, and bragged of his accomplishment: “I just did jihad,” he said to nearby police officers, according to several men who were on the scene. “Don’t you want to do jihad, too? If not, I will kill you.” The officers approached him slowly and then tore the gun from his hands.
“The look in his face was angry, like if had more bullets he would have killed us as well,” said Janan, one of the Garmsir officers.
But, not to worry, Panetta is on the case. S&S also reports that between his trips back to California, Leon is “prodding” Afghan president Karzai in regards to the attacks. He’s “encouraging” Karzai to properly vet his new recruits.
The phone call was a sign of growing concern in Washington about the insider threat, particularly because American and allied troops are now working more closely with the Afghan army and police in preparation for the transition to complete Afghan security control by 2014.
Well, it’s nice that Washington’s concern is growing, don’t you think so? I guess an indicator of the “growing concern” is the fact that they’re letting the troops have their weapons with them and loaded, to some degree. I know it’s real outside the box thinking to force soldiers to arm themselves in a war zone – the same protective measure that I enjoy here in this country.