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‘Afghan soldier’ shoots dead two Nato troops

Published: March 1, 2012 | 2:43 pm
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Two Nato soldiers were shot dead on Thursday by two Afghans, including a man believed to be a soldier, Nato said, an attack that is likely to raise further questions about the future of the country’s security forces.

The killings in south Afghanistan came after two senior US officers were gunned down in the heart of Afghanistan’s Interior Ministry on Saturday by what Afghan security officials say was a police intelligence official.
That attack raised questions about Nato’s strategy of replacing large combat units with advisers as the alliance tries to wind down the war.
Nato immediately moved to withdraw all its advisers from Afghan ministries, followed by Britain, Germany and Canada.
At least five Nato soldiers have been killed by Afghan security forces since the burning of copies of the Koran at a Nato base last month triggered widespread protests.
According to the US Pentagon, around 70 members of the Nato force were killed in 42 insider attacks from May 2007 through January 2012.

These incidents have become more frequent after the United States sent tens of thousands of more soldiers to Afghanistan as part of a surge to fight in Taliban strongholds.
The United States hopes Afghan forces will be able to confront the Taliban and handle security on their own before Nato combat troops’ scheduled departure by the end of 2014.
Attacks by Afghan forces on Nato troops have deepened doubts about their commitment and effectiveness.
“Unfortunately, this situation is a point of concern for us,” General Afzal Aman, head of the operations department at the Ministry of Defence, told Reuters.


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