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Afghan 'Green-on-Blue' Attacker Named as Iranian National

Afghan policemen stand guard at site where US advisor was killed by Afghan policewoman in Kabul, December 24, 2012Afghan policemen stand guard at site where US advisor was killed by Afghan policewoman in Kabul, December 24, 2012
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Afghan policemen stand guard at site where US advisor was killed by Afghan policewoman in Kabul, December 24, 2012
Afghan policemen stand guard at site where US advisor was killed by Afghan policewoman in Kabul, December 24, 2012
Ayaz Gul
— Authorities in Afghanistan say that a female policewoman who killed an American contractor in Kabul this week is an Iranian national.  However, they have not presented any evidence that the woman has links to militant groups, or that Iran may have orchestrated the “insider attack.”

The female police officer is being interrogated for killing Joseph Griffin, a 49-year-old American adviser to Afghan police.  The shooting took place at Kabul’s police headquarters and is being described as the first known “insider” attack by a woman.
 
Interior Ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqi disclosed at a news conference on Tuesday that the attacker, identified as Nargis, is a native Iranian and is married to an Afghan who works at the Ministry’s criminal investigation department.
 
Sediqi said the policewoman illegally obtained her Afghan citizenship identification with the help of her husband before joining the national police force five years ago.  He said she apparently acted alone.
 
The spokesman described the “mental condition” of the policewoman as “unstable” and said he has no evidence that would link her to militant groups involved in terrorist acts in Afghanistan.  He said she holds an Iranian passport, but offered no evidence that Tehran was involved in the shooting.
 
Monday’s attack has once again raised questions about the ability of Afghan authorities to manage their country’s security after most foreign troops pull out of Afghanistan by the end of 2014.  
 
“This incident shows that there are some gaps in the system and it proves that there might be many more like this particular woman who shot (to death) an American individual,” said Said Mohammad Azam, a Kabul-based political commentator and a former government official.
 
At least 60 coalition members have been killed in such incidents this year, referred to as “green-on-blue” attacks, and they have severely undermined trust between foreign and Afghan forces as they jointly fight the Taliban insurgency.

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by: JKF from: Ottawa, Canada
December 25, 2012 9:01 PM
"Sediqi said the policewoman illegally obtained her Afghan citizenship identification with the help of her husband before joining the national police force five years ago. He said she apparently acted alone" Does not make sense, if she illegally obtained the citizenship, then she did not act alone! I am sure that had it been known that she was illegal, she would not have been working in a high security area or a security related job. So she was in fact an Iranian citizen, that murdered an american citizen; such activities are not really un-usual?.... as usual no connection to anything...?? If is that easy to infiltrate the most secure areas of Afghan security services, my view is that US/NATO has sacrified thousands of young lives without any real progress. In every area of the total picture painted on Afghanistan, no real progress is reported, except by those that are trying to make themselves look good! The tally as I see it, from media reports, Corruption- no change (nc); education of girls/women nc; security, not even inside the most secure places= nc if not worse by the day; gvmt area control, only when NATO forces around =nc or declining; economy, still heroin based =nc; trust by the people= nc; democracy= nc/rapidly going down; loyalty to gmvt by security forces= going downhill; border controls= nc; insurgency= increasing; NGO ability to work= going downhill.....gvmt services= decreasing... employment= downhill All in all, the news are not very good. If it gets much worse, even the Taliban will want billions to join the gvmt/take control.

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by: jason from: los angeles
December 27, 2012 6:03 AM
this story is fishy. an iranian national disguised as an afghan policewoman murders an american security advisor and only after interrogating her after a week did they find out she is an illegal iranian immigrant working in a high security setting. how the hell does something soo ridiculous like this get past afghan police who are supposedly "ready to take control of the security situation"

in their own country! we are wasting our time in afghanistan! they don't want us there...lets leave afganistan, iran, iraq, the whole middle east! let them finish themselves, no need to get involved in they own internal hatred for one another! stop wasting blood, money, and time! get out now!!

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