Editor’s note: Peter Bergen, CNN’s national security analyst, is a director at the New America Foundation. Jennifer Rowland, a program associate at the foundation and Eric Verdeyen, an intern, also contributed.
(CNN) — Nearly one out of every five NATO soldiers killed in Afghanistan this year were killed by Afghan police or army forces. Nine of the 16 victims were U.S. soldiers.
This pattern of attacks raises a fundamental problem for the plans of the United States and other NATO countries to draw down their forces over the next two years. That plan is, in part, predicated on the idea that as Afghan forces take the lead in security operations, they will be supported by small numbers of U.S./NATO advisers embedded in Afghan army and police units. Those advisers will be quite vulnerable to attack.
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