September 28, 2012

Joint Missions Rise Again in Afghanistan

Jennifer Rowland | The AfPak Channel | Joint missions in Afghanistan, in which Afghan security forces work directly with NATO troops, are on the rise again following a directive last week creating a formal approval process for all joint operations below the battalion level, as a precaution against the growing threat of "insider attacks" (NYT, AP, WSJ, AFP, Reuters, Post). U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta said at a news conference on Thursday that the approval system is operating efficiently, and "most ISAF units have returned to their normal partnered options at all levels."
Dozens of British-built schools and health clinics in the southern Afghan province of Helmand may be forced to close down as NATO countries transition out of Afghanistan, because the Afghan government cannot afford to keep them open (Guardian). (READ MORE)

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