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Two US Troops, Three Afghan Cops Killed in Apparent 'Insider' Attack

U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Dexter S. Saulisbury/Released(KABUL, Afghanistan) -- Two U.S. troops are dead after an apparent "insider" attack in eastern Afghanistan on Monday.

According to officials, a gunman wearing an Afghan police uniform opened fire at a police training facility in Wardak province, killing the American soldiers and three Afghan police officers.  The International Security Assistance Force says “several others” were also wounded.

A joint U.S.-Afghan team is investigating the shooting.

The attack comes on the heels of Afghan President Hamid Karzai accusing the U.S. of wanting instability in Afghanistan simply to prove that more American troops need to stay beyond 2014. 

Those accusations were categorically rejected by the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, Gen. Joseph Dunford.

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British Soldier Killed in 'Insider' Attack in Afghanistan

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(KABUL, Afghanistan) -- A British soldier was killed in southern Afghanistan on Monday in a so-called "green on blue" attack, according to officials.

In a statement Tuesday, the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said one of its members was killed after "an individual wearing an Afghan National Army uniform turned his weapon against" ISAF troops.  Afghan officials say the incident happened in the Gereshk district of Helmand province.

The "insider" attack also left six other troops injured, two critically, according to officials. The attacker was killed.

ISAF says the incident is currently under investigation.

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Woman Who Gunned Down American in Kabul Described as 'Unstable'

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(KABUL, Afghanistan) -- Afghan officials said on Tuesday that a policewoman who gunned down an American consultant in Kabul earlier in the week had previously shown “unstable behavior.”

However, Interior Ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqi added there was no proof that the assailant identified as “Sergeant Nargas” had any militant ties.

The shooting of 49-year-old Joseph Griffin of Mansfield, Ga., was believed to be the first such “insider” attack by a woman on an ally during the 11-year Afghanistan war.  More than 60 Americans and coalition members have died this year as a result of similar assaults.

Sediqi revealed that Nargas was an Iranian who came to Afghanistan a decade ago, and that she acquired a fake I.D. through her spouse.

Apprehended without incident on Monday, Nargas was confused and weeping while interrogated by investigators.

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British Soldier Killed by Afghan Soldier During Soccer Match

ROBERTO SCHMIDT/AFP/Getty Images(ISLAMABAD) -- In the latest so-called "green on blue" attack, a British soldier was killed in southern Afghanistan Sunday in what was supposed to be a friendly soccer game on Veteran's Day.

NATO says a group of British and Afghan soldiers were playing a soccer match in Helmand province, when -- for reasons that aren't yet clear -- an Afghan soldier opened fire.  One British soldier was killed in the firefight.

After a return exchange of gunfire, the Afghan soldier was initially captured but later died of his wounds.

Insider attacks like these are a growing concern for coalition officials, creating suspicion and mistrust between Afghans and their coalition allies.

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NATO Commander Calls for Coordinated Effort to Stop 'Insider Attacks'

Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(KABUL, Afghanistan) -- Gen. John Allen, the commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan, said on Thursday that the epidemic of "insider attacks" that has cost the lives of 45 coalition soldiers this year, most of them American, is a problem that requires a coordinated response.

These assaults by members of Afghan Security forces against U.S. and NATO troops are also known as "green on blue" attacks.

According to statement released by Allen, "This is not simply a Green on Blue problem; it is a threat to both Green and Blue that requires a Green and Blue solution."

The Pentagon believes that besides personal grievances Afghans might have against foreigners, the Taliban and other insurgents have managed to infiltrate the national army and police.

Afghanistan announced this week that it had detained or kicked out hundreds of troops suspected of enemy allegiances, while the U.S. military said its Special Forces had suspended training for about 1,000 Afghan police recruits to vet existing members.

Allen concluded, "The sum total of our combined efforts will be that we are better protected.  Central to success is maintaining and strengthening our bonds with our Afghan brothers and recognizing this is a threat directed at us all."

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Afghan Fires and Detains Soldiers in Effort to Stop 'Insider Attacks'

ROBERTO SCHMIDT/AFP/Getty Images(KABUL, Afghanistan) -- Afghanistan's solution to ending the string of "insider attacks" that have cost dozens of U.S. lives this year is by giving hundreds of its own soldiers their walking papers.

Along with firing troops suspected of conspiring with the enemy, Kabul announced that it has also arrested numerous soldiers in an effort to prevent the Afghan assaults on American and NATO forces.

Gen. Zahir Azimi, a defense ministry spokesman, said, ''So far, hundreds of people have either been arrested or expelled from the army.  We have found evidence against some people and some suspicious people have been arrested.''

Azimi claimed the action to ferret out possible rogue security members began six months ago.

There have been as many as 30 "insider attacks" in 2012 that have left 45 coalition forces dead, most of them U.S. troops.  These deaths have accounted for about a third of the coalition fatalities this year.

The Pentagon has been especially hard on the Afghan government to take greater steps to minimize the possibility of Taliban sympathizers infiltrating their forces.

In other developments, the U.S. military said its Special Forces had suspended training for about 1,000 Afghan police recruits to vet existing members.

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Afghan Policeman Kills U.S. Service Member on Joint Patrol

ROBERTO SCHMIDT/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- A U.S. service member was killed in southern Afghanistan Sunday on a patrol with Afghan security forces when one of the Afghans turned his weapon on the Americans, the latest in a rash of what the ISAF is now calling “insider” attacks on American troops.

The incident comes just days after the U.S. military told troops to be constantly armed and ready for attack, both inside and outside their bases. Twenty U.S. troops and one aid worker have been killed in Taliban attacks in the past two weeks, 10 of them shot to death in cold blood by rogue Afghan soldiers or policemen.

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