AFGHANISTAN--The U.S. military has suspended the bulk of joint field operations with Afghan troops amid a wave of so-called insider attacks and concern about protests over an anti-Islam film.
Fox News has learned that while U.S. troops are still patrolling, as are the Afghans, the two sides are not running operations together for the time being without special approval.
Until now, U.S. and NATO troops routinely conducted operations with their Afghan counterparts. But under the new order, such operations will now require the approval of a regional commander. Fox News was told the step is a temporary measure.
The move comes after Afghan police on Sunday killed four American soldiers, and a gunman in an Afghan militia uniform shot dead two British soldiers a day earlier. It also comes in the wake of the week-long wave of protests across the Muslim world over an anti-Islam film. (Continue Reading.)
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
U.S. Military Halts Joint Operations with Afghan Forces
Ouch. The U.S. Government just publicly admitted that they can't even trust the Afghan soldiers who say they're on our side. It's too bad that dozens of soldiers had to be killed by "insiders" before the government finally acknowledged the problem.