Not Really a Press Release You Ever Want to Read
This one came to me earlier today from USFOR-A, the U.S. military command in Afghanistan:
There was no involvement of coalition or ISAF [International Security Assistance Forces] forces in the attack at a Kandahar police station today.
The incident was an Afghan-on-Afghan incident, and did not involve U.S. or international personnel or equipment.
And that was it for substance. What’s going on in Kandahar? Josh Foust points to Christian from Ghosts of Alexander who says that the police chief in Kandahar was killed. Reuters reports that the “Afghan-on-Afghan” reference in the press release is a reference to “U.S.-trained Afghan security guards” and not insurgents who shot the Kandahar police chief. No clear motive right now, judging from the reporting so far. The guards are in custody — I guess U.S. custody, since Reuters reports that President Hamid Karzai called on the U.S. to turn them over to the national government for trial.
Josh tries to piece together the context. I certainly can’t add anymore, so I suggest reading his stuff, but the evidence he collects, particularly from a friend on the ground in Kandahar, is that “there is a feeling of ‘the final straw’ in people’s reactions to the news.” I don’t really know what that cashes out to mean, but it’s ominous.