Last weekend the Pentagon announced that an American soldier had died after sustaining injuries in combat. They reported that he was attacked by enemy forces but the latest reports paint a very different picture.
There are reports that the American soldier killed last week in Afghanistan, died when a local teenager stabbed him in the neck.Sgt. Michael Cable, 26, was on guard duty when the teen struck.
He was guarding Afghan and US officials meeting in a province near the border with Pakistan. According to the New York Post "The Afghan and American dignitaries were attending the swearing-in ceremony of Afghan Local Police in Shinwar district in Nangarhar province, senior district official Zalmai Khan said. Afghan Local Police, or ALP, recruits are drawn from villages and backed by the US military".
Once soldiers guarding the meeting had secured the area, Sgt Cable was playing with children, when the teen attacked him from behind. The teen stabbed him in the neck with a large knife.
Officials have said they do not believe the attack was a green on blue attack, that is the young man was not wearing an Afghan uniform. The incident happened Wednesday March 27 but a week later what really happened has leaked out. An investigation is underway and details remain sketchy. There has been little publicity surrounding the killing and those now speaking to reporters are doing so with the promise of anonymity.
The teenager fled the scene after killing Sgt Cable and has since joined the Islamic militant movement known as the Taliban. A spokesperson for the Taliban said the teen acted independently when he killed Sgt Cable but he is now part of their organisation.
It is spring in Afghanistan and the Taliban have begun their annual spring offensive. Attacks against foreign forces increase at this time of year casting doubt over any future peace in Afghanistan. In March 2013 14 US soldiers died in Afghanistan, an increase on previous months.
Foreign forces have worked hard to secure peace in Afghanistan but their efforts have failed. There is no reason to believe that peace is possible when foreign forces withdraw in 2014.
The reality is that insurgents who fled the country are biding their time across the border in Pakistan and will flood back into the country in due course. The long war in Afghanistan has bred a new generation of disgruntled Afghans who also have an axe to grind.
The murder of Sgt Cable is one more incident that proves this is the reality.
New York Post