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NATO scales back Afghan partnering after attacks

February 17. 2013 1:30AM

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(AP) NATO says it has scaled back operations with Afghan soldiers and policemen to lower the risk of insider attacks and reduce local tensions over an anti-Islam film that prompted protests in Afghanistan.

So far this year, 51 international troops have been killed by Afghan forces or militants wearing their uniforms a development that has fractured the trust between NATO troops and their Afghan allies.

Lt. Col. Rich Spiegel with the U.S.-led coalition said Monday that Lt. Gen. James Terry issued the directive on Sunday.

Until now, elements of NATO companies numbering roughly 100 soldiers routinely conducted operations like patrolling or manning an outpost with Afghan soldiers. NATO said such operations are no longer routine and require the approval of the regional commander.

Associated Press

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