WASHINGTON | Tue Sep 18, 2012 11:18pm EDT
(Reuters) – NATO’s decision to scale back joint operations with Afghan forces may protect the lives of Western troops increasingly targeted by “insider attacks,” but it raises troubling new questions about President Barack Obama’s strategy to stabilize Afghanistan.
After ramping up Afghan security forces at a breakneck rate to allow for a drawdown of Western troops, NATO is coming to grips with a rash of deadly assaults by Afghan recruits who turn their guns on Western allies. Muslim rage over a film insulting the Prophet Mohammad has further stoked the risk.
- Nato Afghan strategy in disarray after joint ground operations suspended (guardian.co.uk)
- Analysis: NATO pullback heightens doubts about Afghan strategy (news.yahoo.com)