The Department of Defense has identified the three American service members killed by a man wearing an Afghan police uniform as Marines involved in special operations.
Florida Congressman Allen West who served as a civilian advisor to the Afghan army after retiring from the Army as a Lt. Colonel says we need to do a better job vetting Afghans who are candidates for training. And security clearly needs to be tightened.
"We may need to look at how do we make sure that not only do you have instructors that are there training, but what type of security that you need to have to make sure that while they are performing their task, someone is watching their back," West said. "I think that's the most important thing."
West-- a Republican from Fort Lauderdale who serves on the House Armed Services Committee-- says the goal of the Taliban is to destroy the trust between Afghans and their coalition trainers which is vital to effective training.
"Because first and foremost they don't want to see the Afghan national security forces being well trained because they can be a formidable force to prevent them from once again resurging and coming back and trying to establish dominance in the countryside."
The number of coalition service members killed by people in Afghan uniforms this year is now up to 30.