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    Tuesday, July 20, 2010

    2 U.S. Trainers Are Shot Dead in Afghanistan

    An Afghan Ministry of Defense official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to the news media, said that the fight began with an argument between an Afghan sergeant and trainer named Jaffar and one of the American trainers. According to the defense official, the Afghan sergeant shot two American trainers; then a third American trainer shot and killed the Afghan sergeant as well as another Afghan soldier, who was an innocent bystander. The NATO soldier was wounded in the cross-fire.


    Afghan defence ministry spokesman Mohammed Zahir Azimi.
    "We wish to express our deepest sorrow for the deaths of our colleagues in this tragic event today," he said.
    ISAF spokesman Brigadier General Josef Blotz said: "The actions of this individual are not representative of the thousands of men and women who train and fight side-by-side with ISAF everyday."

    near the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif at a training center for Afghan soldiers named Camp Shaheen,

    A suspected Afghan army trainer on a shooting range in northern Afghanistan opened fire on his fellow instructors ???

    An Afghan who wants to join the army now must provide a government ID card, pass a medical screening, receive a letter of guarantee from two people in his village, such as a tribal elder or local government official, take a drug test and submit to biometric screening. If he matches a biometric database of previous insurgent activity, the soldier is kept out of the course, according to NATO.
    "The security process is in place," the NATO official said. "It's not infallible."

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