There are new indications the Taliban may be responsible for as much as 25% of all attacks carried out by Afgan security forces on American troops and their NATO allies.
US Lieutenant General James Terry, who heads up the NATO led coalition in Afghanistan told reporters via a video link press conference this week at least 10% of the attacks are directly connected to insurgents and another 15% are classified as insurgent associated.
The surge in assaults is unprecedented in modern warfare and have seen Afghan troops opening fire on their NATO colleagues more than 30 times this year, killing 45 foreign troops, most of them Americans.
General Terry told reporters he did not know the exact cause of the remaining attacks, but estimated another 25% were personal, which he admitted could be eased by greater understanding of cultural sensitivities.
The man problem, Terry says, is after more than three decades of violence in that country most grievances and resolved at the barrel of a gun