Two recent attacks on coalition forces added six more names to the Afghanistan death toll. Two separate gunmen shot three soldiers each, as the BBC reports. These latest deaths reveal the ongoing tensions in that country, which has been ravaged by war and various foreign occupation for decades.
One of the attacks was carried out by an Afghan police officer, supposedly an ally of the troops. He invited three US Marine's to his house for a meal and then shot them. This act seems to show that more and more Afghanis are turning against the coalition presence, even those who once welcomed the foreign troops in the so-called "War on Terror."
The other shooting supports this view. An Afghan civilian employee of the foreign military is being held for shooting three forces members. Reports vary on the reason for the shooting, and some even say that it was actually another police officer in this case, not a civilian.
Whether or not the true facts of the incident comes to light, it seems quite plain that the tensions in Afghanistan are growing, as the coalition presence remains entrenched in that country despite promises to withdraw entirely and the removal of "combat" troops.
Until loose ends are tied up, it is likely that the Afghanistan death toll will continue to rise on all sides. Hopefully, some sort of final, widely appealing agreement can be reached, allowing local residents to get on with their lives and repair their ravaged country, and allowing the troops to finally lay down their weapons and return to the country they love.