File On 4

Ep 1/9

Tuesday 25 September



Why are British and US soldiers still being killed by their supposed Afghan allies?

With on average two or three rogue attacks each month, the impact is huge - undermining the trust that's needed between the Afghan forces and the coalition troops getting them ready to take over the security of Afghanistan in 2014.

The US has invested over $50 billion on developing independent Afghan security forces, but according to a US government audit, the majority of Afghan troops remain heavily reliant on American help and support. Even widespread illiteracy remains a problem. File On 4 asks whether, without a reliable Afghan security force, there can be an effective withdrawal in two years' time.

Producer/David Ross for the BBC

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