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Wednesday
Feb012012

Are Afghan Forces Increasingly Killing Their US Trainers?

ROBERTO SCHMIDT/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- It has been one of the greatest U.S. fears in Afghanistan: that despite billions of U.S. dollars and years of training, Afghan forces will be infiltrated by the Taliban.

On Wednesday morning, U.S. officials gave their first detailed report on whether they believe Afghan troops are increasingly turning their guns on their American mentors.

In testimony to the House Armed Services Committee, Pentagon and State officials said Afghan security forces have attacked U.S. troops as many as 45 times since May 2007, "acting intentionally yet independently."

The U.S. officials, however, noted that these acts are not part of a trend, saying each incident was isolated and not part of a broader campaign by the Taliban to infiltrate the Afghan army.

David Sedney, the deputy assistant secretary of defense for Afghanistan, Pakistan and Central Asia, said, "personal issues, combat stress and other factors some of which we don't fully understand" are often the reasons behind these attacks.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

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