Posted by Jim Hoft on Saturday, February 25, 2012, 9:36 PM
Obama’s peace partners, the Taliban, took credit for the murder today of two American officials in the Afghan Interior Ministry building. The gunman, who is still on the loose, shot the Americans in the back of the head.
The Taliban claimed responsibility for the Interior Ministry attack, saying it was retaliation for the Quran burnings, after the U.S. officers — a lieutenant colonel and a major — were found dead on the floor of an office that only people who know a numerical combination can enter, Afghan and Western officials said.
The top commander of U.S. and NATO forces, Gen. John Allen, recalled all international military personnel from the ministries, an unprecedented action in the decadelong war, highlighting the growing friction between Afghans and their foreign partners at a critical juncture.
The U.S.-led coalition is trying to mentor and strengthen Afghan security forces so they can lead the fight against the Taliban and foreign troops can go home. That mission, however, requires a measure of trust at a time anti-Western sentiment is at an all-time high.
The escalating tension prompted apologies for the Quran burning from President Obama and several top U.S. defense officials. But demonstrations continued unabated Saturday, even before U.S. officials reported that an Afghan security officer had killed the two American advisers in one of Kabul's most important and most impenetrable ministries.
The two men, whose names were not released, were shot while working at their desks.
Within hours of the attack, Allen recalled all coalition advisers from Afghan ministries, citing "obvious force-protection reasons." - CONTINUE READING