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Murder on Maneuver: Exploring green-on-blue attacks in Afghanistan

Shortland, ND, Nader, E, Sari, H, Palace, M and Hilland, C (2018) Murder on Maneuver: Exploring green-on-blue attacks in Afghanistan. Armed Forces and Society, 45 (2). pp. 368-388. ISSN 0095-327X

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Green-on-blue attacks have a devastating psychological, tactical, and operational effect on military operations in Afghanistan. In spite of this, no empirical research has offered a data-driven examination of these attacks, leaving a gap that this article aims to address. By analyzing a large (yet inevitability incomplete) open-source database developed on these attacks, we present data on the perpetrators and victims of these attacks. We also investigate whether green-on-blue attacks are related to the number of civilian casualties in that area; finding that (unlike wider insurgent violence) they are not. Instead, we find that it is the number of troops present within a Regional Command that is positively correlated with the likelihood that a green-on-blue attack will occur. We discuss the implications of these findings with reference to future issues of force protection.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: The Author(s), Murder on Maneuver: Exploring green-on-blue attacks in Afghanistan,Armed Forces and Society, 2019,Vol.45 (2) 368-388 Article reuse guidelines: sagepub.com/journals-permissions DOI: 10.1177/0095327X17752425 journals.sagepub.com/home/afs
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1606 Political Science, 1608 Sociology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
U Military Science > U Military Science (General)
Divisions: Natural Sciences & Psychology (closed 31 Aug 19)
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Date Deposited: 20 Nov 2017 13:26
Last Modified: 19 Jan 2024 11:45
DOI or ID number: 10.1177/0095327X17752425
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/7575
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