PIX11– There was two different attacks on Americans on Saturday. Five U.S. servicemen were killed by a roadside bomb in Southern Afghanistan. It was in the Maiwand district of the province, the spiritual birthplace of the Taliban.
The U.S. led coalition is also reporting that a soldier with the Afghan National Army fired on coalition troops in the west, killing two in the most recent of what’s called insider attacks.
Such attacks by members of the Afghan security forces against their fellow colleagues or international troops are really destroying confidence in the Afghan forces as they work to take over from their foreign counterparts.
The renewed violence comes just as Afghan president Hamid Karzai acknowledged that his government has been receiving money from the CIA for more than a decade as part of a regular monthly assistance from the US government.
Karzai confirmed that his government received the payments after a story in the New York Times said that the CIA had given the Afghan National Security Council tens of millions of dollars in monthly payments delivered in suitcases, backpacks and plastic shopping bags.
Karzai wouldn’t say exactly how much had been received.