How many had to be murdered by their "trainees" and "partners" before this happened? General Allen and the rest of the high command should be put on trial for the deaths of every one of those troops.
"Nato scales back joint operations with Afghan forces," from the Telegraph, September 18 (thanks to John):
Nato-led forces are scaling back joint operations with Afghan forces after a spate of "insider attacks" in which Afghan recruits turned their weapons on Western allies, officers said on Tuesday.
The move marked a setback for the coalition's war strategy, as the planned withdrawal of Western troops hinges on training and advising Afghan forces to take over security by the end of 2014.
What war strategy? There is no plan for victory, no definition of victory, no clear goal, no clear means to get to any goal -- nothing. Just more and more of our troops killed for a Sharia government that its people hates, battling Sharia forces that enjoy broad support.
Under the new order, most joint patrols and advisory work with Afghan troops will only be conducted at the battalion level and above, while co-operation with smaller units will have to be "evaluated on a case-by-case basis and approved by RC (regional) commanders", the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said in a statement.
As the so-called "green-on-blue" attacks have grown, US commanders have gradually acknowledged the assaults pose a serious threat to the war effort and have struggled to stem the problem.
Far too gradually.
The commander of US and Nato troops in Afghanistan, General John Allen, "has directed all operational commanders to review force protection and tactical activities in the light of the current circumstances," a US military officer in Washington said in an email.
"This guidance was given at the recommendation of, and in conjunction with, key Afghan leaders," said the officer, who spoke on condition of anonymity....
Oh, good. How reassuring that they were involved.