The Straits Times
Published on Oct 15, 2012

Australia PM makes surprise visit to Afghanistan


SYDNEY (AFP) - Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard has made a surprise visit to Afghanistan, seeking assurances from President Hamid Karzai that he is doing all he can to halt "insider attacks".

Ms Gillard met the Afghan leader on Sunday in Kabul while also visiting Australian troops for a barbecue at their base at Tarin Kowt, her office said.

She raised concerns about the so-called green-on-blue attacks in which uniformed Afghans turn their weapons against their international allies.

North Atlantic treaty Organisation (Nato) has struggled to counter them and assaults have spiked this year.