‘‘Unfortunately there’s no clear front line in the fight against the Taliban. It’s a guerrilla war,’’ said Anwari, also an ex-governor of Kabul and Herat provinces. ‘‘But also civilian casualties are unacceptable for everybody.’’
Earlier Monday, the U.S.-led coalition said that a former Afghan soldier and an accomplice blamed in the death of an American soldier had been killed last Wednesday in an airstrike in Kunar province’s Ghaziabad district.
The man identified as Mahmood was thought responsible for the May 11 insider killing in Kunar of U.S. Army 1st Lt. Alejo Thompson, a 30-year-old father of two from Yuma, Arizona. He was based at Fort Carson, Colorado.
Mahmood, in his early 20’s and who went only by one name later fled. The coalition said he had an associate named Rashid who was ‘‘a former Afghan National Army soldier who facilitated and assisted with insider attack planning and execution.’’
A man named Mahmood was highlighted in a Taliban video that showed him being welcomed as a hero with flowers around his neck while entering an insurgent camp. The Taliban claimed he had defected to their side.
Killings by uniformed Afghans of foreign soldiers and civilians rose dramatically last year. According to NATO, so-called insider attacks killed 61 coalition personnel in 45 incidents last year, compared to 35 killed in 21 attacks a year earlier.
So far this year, there has been only one insider attack. That was the Jan. 7 killing of a British soldier in southern Helmand province by a man in an Afghan army uniform.
Associated Press writers Amir Shah and Patrick Quinn contributed to this report.
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