Afghanistan: Three U.S. Troops Killed In Latest 'Green-On-Blue' Attack



An Afghan man wearing a military uniform killed three American soldiers in southern Afghanistan on Friday, only a day after U.S. authorities condemned a suicide bombing earlier this week that killed four other Americans.

The attack is the latest in a string of ‘green-on-blue’ attacks, where Afghan security forces turn on Western troops. The attacks have eroded trust between Afghan authorities and their NATO allies, who are scheduled to leave by 2014.

CNN reports that the man opened fire on the troops in the Helmand province, according to an International Assistance Security Force (ISAF) spokesperson, who did not provide further details.

According to the BBC, Afghan officials say the three soldiers were Special Forces members. Officials also told the BBC that the soldiers were meeting with an elder who said he wanted to join the police but turned out to be a Taliban infiltrator and shot them.

A NATO spokeswoman told Reuters it was too early to verify these details.

Earlier this week a suicide bomber killed four Americans and an Afghan interpreter in the eastern Kunar province. On Thursday U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton condemned the bombing, for which the Taliban claimed responsibility.

NATO says there have been 24 so-called ‘green-on-blue’ attacks with 28 people killed since January 2012, according to Khaama Press.

The past week has been particularly violent for Afghanistan. On Tuesday a remote-controlled bomb killed nine passengers on a bus near the capital Kabul.

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A Mother In Spain Denied Child Custody Because She Lives In Rural Area

A court in Spain usurps custody of the one-year-old boy living with his mother in the "deep" part of the Galicia region, forced to instead live with his father in the southern city of Marbella, which the judge says is "cosmopolitan" with good schools and medical care. Women's rights groups have taken up the mother's case.

A child in Galician countryside

Laure Gautherin

A Spanish court has ordered the withdrawal of a mother's custody of her one-year-old boy because she is living in the countryside in northwestern Spain, where the judge says the child won't have "opportunities for the proper development of his personality."

The case, reported Monday in La Voz de Galicia, has sparked outrage from a women's rights association but has also set off reactions from politicians of different stripes across the province of Galicia, defending the values of rural life.

Judge María Belén Ureña Carazo, of the family court of Marbella, a city on the southern coast of 141,000 people, has ordered the toddler to stay with father who lives in the city rather than with his mother because she was living in "deep Galicia" where the child would lack opportunities to "grow up in a happy environment."

Front page of La Voz de Galicia - October 25, 2021

Front page of La Voz de Galicia - Monday 25 October, 2021

La Voz de Galicia

Better in a "cosmopolitan" city?

The judge said Marbella, where the father lives, was a "cosmopolitan city" with "a good hospital" as well as "all kinds of schools" and thus provided a better environment for the child to thrive.

The mother has submitted a formal complaint to the General Council of the Judiciary that the family court magistrate had acted with "absolute contempt," her lawyer told La Voz de Galicia.

The mother quickly accumulated support from local politicians and civic organizations. The Clara Campoamor association described the judge's arguments as offensive, intolerable and typical of "an ignorant person who has not traveled much."

The Xunta de Galicia, the regional government, has addressed the case, saying that any place in Galicia meets the conditions to educate a minor. The Socialist party politician Pablo Arangüena tweeted that "it would not hurt part of the judiciary to spend a summer in Galicia."

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