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Coalition forces in Afghanistan work to prevent insider attacks

By NNN-Agencies,

Kabul : Coalition forces in Afghanistan say they are looking for ways to prevent so-called green-on-blue attacks, in which Afghan security forces turn their weapons on international troops.

International Forces spokesman Brigadier General Gunter Katz says several measures are being considered to put an end to the string of fatal insider attacks.

Those measures include enhancing the exchange of intelligence between the international and Afghan forces, more cultural training of both sides, and more counter-intelligence personnel within the Afghan National Security Forces.

“We are confident that those measures will contribute to the mitigation of insider threat incidents, and let me just reiterate that our campaign is on track and will not be affected,” said Katz.

About 45 international troops have been killed by insider attacks in Afghanistan this year. The attacks have thrown into question the ability of Afghan and coalition forces to work together as the country transitions to Afghan control.

Combat coalition troops are due to leave Afghanistan by the end of 2014.

Insider attacks have been blamed on militants infiltrating Afghan forces or on cultural differences settled with guns.

The U.S. military last week temporarily halted the training of 1,000 Afghan Local Police in order to improve their vetting procedures.

General Katz said the training of Afghan National Police and the Afghan National Army, which is under the lead of the coalition forces, is not affected by the suspension.

An Afghan soldier has killed two US-led troopers in an attack in Laghman Province in eastern Afghanistan.

A member of the Afghan National Army on Monday turned his weapon on the US-led soldiers in Laghman province in the latest instance of what is commonly referred to as ‘green-on-blue’ or ‘insider’ attacks.

The US-led NATO military alliance, however, has not commented on the incident yet and the nationalities of the slain soldiers remain unknown.

US Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta expressed deep concerns about the growing number of the insider attacks against the US-led forces, urging Afghan President Hamid Karzai to take necessary measures to curb the assaults.

Some analysts believe the maltreatment of Afghan military forces by American officers is the main reason behind the insider attacks in the war-ravaged country.