The murdered soldiers were part of a Nato-led force who have been training Afghan counterparts in the police force to prepare for the end of 2014 UK withdrawal from Helmand.Insider attacks by the U.S. military and NATO's supposed Afghan allies have escalated dramatically since President Obama took office in 2009.
Yesterday’s shooting happened at Checkpoint..., where the soldiers were attending a meeting of local village elders called a “Shura.”
A small platoon of Brits took position outside the compound in the afternoon local time as four entered for a planned meeting with police officers...
The police decided not to attend the meeting and the British soldiers decided to leave and re-join comrades waiting some distance outside.
They had approached the checkpoint “low-key” and leaving the main force outside so as not to offend the police with too many heavily-armed soldiers being in their home.
The British troops... were fatally wounded as they left the tiny compound.
They were fired upon by the [Afghan policeman] who was holed up in a Sangar - or machine gun nest - guarding a corner of the compound, which houses 20 elite Afghan National Civil Order Police ANCOPs.
Already in the first 6 months of this year, at least 26 coalition service members have been killed by their purported Afghan allies. 35 coalition troops were killed by their so-called Afghan partners over a 12-month span last year; 20 were killed the previous year; 4 were killed in the years 2007 and 2008 combined.