More than 61 US-led soldiers have been killed in “insider” attacks in Afghanistan in 2012, the highest since the US invaded the war-torn country in 2001.
According to AFP, the foreign troopers lost their lives in 45 “green-on-blue” attacks during the past 12 months.
The number does not include the killing of an American adviser by an Afghan female police on December 24.
Over the past months, there has been a rise in the so-called “green-on-blue” attacks in Afghanistan, in which Afghan security forces turn their weapons on US-led forces.
These attacks increased right after the burning of copies of the holy Quran by American forces at the Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan.
A total of 35 US-led forces were shot dead by Afghan forces in 2011.
Growing “insider” attacks have created mistrust between Afghan and foreign forces.
The United States invaded Afghanistan in 2001 under the pretext of combating terrorism. The offensive removed the Taliban from power, but insecurity continues to rise across the country despite the presence of thousands of US-led soldiers.