The video “The Innocence of Muslims” sparked outrage throughout the Muslim world for its negative portrayal of Muhammad and the story of his life. In the wake of the reaction to this video, Western forces in Afghanistan have suspended all operations with Afghan forces for fear of more “green on blue attacks”. In recent years and especially in recent months, the number of foreign troops purposefully killed by Afghan soldiers and police have grown exponentially. The so called green on blue attacks are reported to be carried out by the Taliban as a new military tactic as well as disgruntled Afghan personnel who are unhappy with the NATO military presence. In addition to the video, many in Afghanistan are still infuriated by the alleged burning of Korans by US forces last spring. This suspension poses a concerning risk to the relatively new and undeveloped Afghan forces as NATO continues it’s gradual drawdown. Although the impact is yet to be felt by the American and Afghan militaries, it is clear that the suspension will inevitably alter the way in which the war is fought. Many Afghan and US military personnel worry that the suspension may lead to a break down in communication.
Discussion Question: After the burning of the Korans and the anti-Islam video, can the US improve it’s image in the eyes of the Afghan people?If so, what specifically can it do?