US lawmaker seeks DNI probe into insider attacks
WASHINGTON (PAN): Influential Congressman from New York, Peter King, on Tuesday demanded an investigation by the US Director of National Intelligence (DNI) into recent insider attacks that killed 40 foreign soldiers in Afghanistan this year.
In his strongly worded separate letters to the Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, King expressed deep concern over the increase in the green-on-blue attacks, asking the Pentagon disclose all details about the incidents.
“As many as forty attacks have taken place against coalition forces by members of the Afghan security forces and local nationals employed by our forces this year, causing at least 13 percent of coalition casualties, including 11 men killed in the last two weeks alone,” King wrote in his letter to Director of National Intelligence. “This likely indicates serious vetting problems, including Taliban penetration of the Afghan security forces,” he added.
“I am reliably informed that reporting on counterintelligence problems in Afghan units advised and trained by US forces has been suppressed, out of a misplaced fear of reflecting badly upon those units’ American advisers and trainers. Such concerns must now plainly come second to addressing a growing crisis for our mission in Afghanistan, posed by green on blue shootings,” King said.
He said the military needed not to undertake this task alone. The Central Intelligence Agency and the Federal Bureau of Investigation were well-placed to assist the Defense Intelligence Agency and the service components’ intelligence branches in conducting such a counterintelligence survey, he wrote.
In the letter to Panetta, King wrote: “We cannot address this growing crisis for our mission in Afghanistan unless we first understand how many such incidents have taken place, who has perpetrated them, which coalition units have suffered these attacks, and under what circumstances.”
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