Sunday, September 2, 2012

US halts some Afghan forces training after recent string of attacks

I caught some flack recently for suggesting that NATO bases be "Non-Foreign" to protect Western troops from terrorist attacks.  Looks like NATO is starting to agree. 

This is a small start to protecting NATO troops during the drawdown phase in Afghanistan.  At the very least NATO needs to implement "NO AMMO" (or knives) for all Afghan personnel entering any NATO compound or building.  Further, all non-NATO must be escorted by an adequate number of armed NATO troops to ensure the "guests" don't try to overwhelm the trainers.

It's past time that NATO conducts training on Western terms designed to protect our troops and not on Afghani terms.  If the Afghans don't like that, they can train themselves and forgo the billions of dollars being poured down the rat hole of South Asia. 


US halts some Afghan forces training after recent string of attacks

Published September 02, 2012

Associated Press

KABUL, Afghanistan –  The U.S. military has halted the training of Afghan government-backed militias for at least a month to give the Americans time to redo the vetting of new recruits after a string of attacks by Afghan soldiers and police on their international allies, officials said Sunday.

There have been 34 insider attacks this year -- at least 12 in August alone -- that have killed 45 international troops, putting intense strain on the relationship between coalition forces and the Afghans they live and work with. The shootings also have thrown doubts on one of the pillars of the U.S.-led coalition's planned withdrawal by the end of 2014 -- training Afghan forces so they can take the lead for security in the country.

Article continues HERE.