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Nato joint patrols with Afghans back to 'normal': US

Published on Sep 28, 2012 5:59 AM
 
In this photograph from Sept 5, 2012, US Army's Delta company, 1Lt Michael Friedman (2nd Left) of 3rd platoon, operating under the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (Nato) sponsored International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) consults with members of the Afghan National Army (ANA) at Nevay-deh village in Kandahar province, during a joint patrol. Nato-led troops have resumed most joint operations with Afghan forces after commanders restricted patrols with their allies in Afghanistan due to a spike in insider attacks, United States (US) Defence Secretary Leon Panetta said on Thursday. -- PHOTO: AFP 

WASHINGTON (AFP) - North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (Nato)-led troops have resumed most joint operations with Afghan forces after commanders restricted patrols with their allies in Afghanistan due to a spike in insider attacks, United States (US) Defence Secretary Leon Panetta said on Thursday.

Last week, the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) announced a scaling back of joint operations with its Afghan partners following a dramatic rise in so-called "green-on-blue" assaults, in which Afghan soldiers turn their weapons on their Western allies.

"I can now report to you that most ISAF units have returned to their normal partnered options at all levels," Mr Panetta told a news conference.

But the Pentagon chief, who was joined by top US military officer General Martin Dempsey, could not provide details as to what percentage of joint operations had resumed.

 
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