Green on Blue Killings: When You Can’t Trust the Foreign National Working Beside You

I personally have served in the military, but have never been close to being in a war. I guess the closest thing I have even experienced to war and its pressure was when I was in intelligence back in the 1980’s and we were looking to bomb a target; I was told to get it right or innocent people may die. Based on that, I won’t pretend to know what it is like to be in an actual combat environment with the threat of death looming all around you. That is why I can only imagine what it is like when that scenario is ramped up a notch and you have to be wary of the foreign national working beside you- worried that he might turn his weapon on you and kill you.

A ‘Green on Blue’ killing reared its ugly head again just recently in Amman, Jordan. This incident took the lives of two American contractors who were training future policemen from Jordan, Iraq and other countries around the Middle East. The incident is under investigation and it is not currently known if there was an ‘extremist’ motive for the killings or if they were personally motivated. Perhaps the most surprising thing about the attack was that it was carried out by a high ranking Captain who was a long time member of the Jordanian military.

These so called ‘Green on Blue’ killings (also known as ‘Enemy Initiated Attacks’) first came to the forefront over the last several years in Afghanistan as the number of killings of American military service personnel and civilian contractors working alongside Afghani troops started reaching some staggering numbers and started occurring on a regular basis.

Green on BlueIn 2008 in Afghanistan, there were two recorded deaths from two ‘Green on Blue’ incidents. That number spiked dramatically in 2012 when there were a staggering 44 ‘Green on Blue’ attacks which took the lives of over 61 US and ISAF personnel. One can only hope that these types of incidents in the Middle East do not start becoming rampant like they were in Afghanistan.

We have all heard the term ‘sleeping with one eye open’ and these types of attacks take that to another level when you have to ‘work with one eye open.’ It can’t be easy for our soldiers and civilian contractors to train foreign nationals how to defend their country when at the same time they worry if that person might turn the gun they are teaching them to shoot on them.

What is the solution to this problem? It’s hard to say; maybe better screening of soldier and police candidates, more psychological testing or some other means to try and identify potential ‘extremist’ elements that try to embed themselves among other soldiers and police. These are no longer isolated incidents so we have to take a long look and try to determine why these are happening. No military advisor or civilian contractor in the same role should have to worry about getting blown away by the very people they thought they were helping.

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Craig Smith

Craig has been writing for several years but just recently made freelance writing a full time profession after leaving behind 26 years working in the swimming pool construction industry. He served four years in the US Air Force as an Imagery Interpreter Specialist in Okinawa, Japan and at SAC Headquarters in Omaha, Nebraska. As a staunch supporter of law enforcement personnel, emergency medical technicians, firemen, search and rescue personnel and those who serve in the military, Craig is proud to contribute to the US Patriot blog on their behalf.
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