WASHINGTON – Counterintelligence specialists tell G2Bulletin that they are under pressure to ferret out Taliban infiltrators who enlist in the Afghan army and police with the intent of killing U.S. troops in what has been dubbed “green-on-blue” attacks, according to a report from Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin.
In an effort to identify potential Taliban infiltrators who join the Afghan army and police, the U.S. military has begun to send in lie detector devices. However, the military doesn’t have anywhere near the trained polygraph operators needed to run the equipment.
“It’s a big deal in theater,” an intelligence source said. “The theater general is demanding we send a bunch of agents in and fix it.”
At the moment, the source added, there are only 400 out of 1,600 polygraph operators needed to screen candidates for Afghan security positions.
“We’ve got 400 plus (counter-intelligence) agents in theater now, but none of them were trained really,” the source said. “So, they’re sending another 60 guys in October that have been trained on portable lie detectors.”
The crash effort is to sift through the thousands of recruits intended to be trained to ensure that there aren’t sleeper insurgents joining the Afghan army and police. It’s an effort to prevent what has become a serious uptick in “green-on-blue” attacks of trainees killing their U.S. trainers.
The goal is to expand Afghan forces from 100,000 in 2007 to 350,000 by the end of this year. However, there are rising cultural and personnel conflicts that are inflaming the feeling of Afghan opposition to foreign armies in the country.
While the presence of no foreign troops would be ideal to the Afghans, the reality is that some foreign involvement will remain.
The intelligence source indicated that the lack of trained lie detector operators is causing such a backlog in screening qualified recruits that the time-consuming effort could completely undermine the entire mission. And that’s just in front of the planned departure of U.S. and other international troops at the end of 2014.
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