AP EXCLUSIVE: US not reporting all Afghan attacks

Afghan security forces carry a wounded police man at the site of a suicide attack outside The British Council in Kabul, Afghanistan, Aug. 19, 2011. (AP Photo/Dar Yasin)

Afghan security forces carry a wounded police man at the site of a suicide attack outside The British Council in Kabul, Afghanistan, Aug. 19, 2011. (AP Photo/Dar Yasin)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S.-led military coalition in Afghanistan is under-reporting the number of times that Afghan soldiers and police open fire on American and other foreign troops.

The coalition routinely reports attacks in which a coalition soldier is killed by an Afghan in uniform. But it does not report the instances in which an Afghan wounds U.S. or NATO troops or misses his target.

Officials acknowledge the attacks are a worrisome problem for the U.S. and its military partners as they work increasingly closely with Afghan troops in preparation for handing off security responsibility.

The Associated Press has learned that just last week, two U.S. soldiers were wounded when Afghan policemen opened fire on them. The Afghans were quickly killed, and the incident was not reported by the international coalition.

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