ISAF: Work with Afghan forces unchanged

Sept. 18, 2012 at 11:27 AM
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KABUL, Afghanistan, Sept. 18 (UPI) -- Coalition forces are committed to partnering with and training Afghan security forces, despite what has been reported recently, coalition leaders said Tuesday.

"In response to elevated threat levels resulting from the 'Innocence of Muslims' video, the [International Security Assistance Force] has taken some prudent, but temporary, measures to reduce our profile and vulnerability to civil disturbances or insider attacks," the ISAF said in a release. "This means that in some local instances, operational tempo has been reduced, or force protection has been increased."

"These actions balance the tension of the recent video with force protection, while maintaining the momentum of the campaign," the coalition said.

NBC News said a senior military official told the broadcaster that joint military operations between the United States and Afghanistan were suspended Monday after an insider attack killed four Americans.

"We're to the point now where we can't trust these people," the military official said. "It's had a major impact on our ability to conduct combat operations with them, and we're going to have to back off to a certain degree."

The coalition said its model for working with, training and advising the Afghan National Security forces hasn't changed.

"We've done this before in other high tension periods, and it has worked well," the coalition said. "Under this guidance, and as conditions change, we will continue to adapt the force posture and force protection."

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