Originally published August 16, 2012 at 11:18 a.m., updated August 16, 2012 at 3:56 p.m.
Three Camp Pendleton Marines were among the casualties this week in Afghanistan. They and three others from Camp Lejeune in North Carolina were killed in what is being called "green-on-blue" attacks, meaning they were gunned down by a member of the Afghan military or police force.
And today, a Black Hawk helicopter crashed in Khandahar Province, killing seven U.S. troops, three Afghan soldiers and one Afghan engineer. The Taliban has claimed responsibility. The cause of the crash is under investigation.
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta blamed the green-on-blue attacks on the Taliban, which is seeking to de-stabilize the Afghan government. At a Pentagon press briefing today, Panetta noted that since the Taliban has not been able to regain the territory they lost, they are resorting to this type of attack to cause uncertainty and lack of confidence in the government in Kabul.
The 29 green-on-blue incidents in Afghanistan this year have not only killed U.S. and Afghan troops, but also other foreign military assisting the security forces.