ISAF: US temporarily halts training of Afghan police over attacks
Members of Afghanistan police and military attend a tactical officer course training by U.S. Marines in Helmand Province in June.
September 2nd, 2012
09:37 AM ET

ISAF: US temporarily halts training of Afghan police over attacks

From Masoud Popalzai, CNN

U.S. Special Operations Forces has suspended the training of Afghan Local Police recruits while it double checks the background of the current police force following a rise in attacks against NATO troops by their Afghan counterparts, an official said Sunday.

The order follows reports that more than 40 NATO troops were killed this year by either members of the Afghan security forces or by insurgents disguised as an Afghan policeman or soldier.

"Current partnered operations have and will continue, even as we temporarily suspend training of about 1,000 new ALP recruits while revetting current members," said Col. Thomas Collins, a spokesman for the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force.

"While we have full trust and confidence in our Afghan partners, we believe this is a necessary step to validate our vetting process and ensure the quality indicative of Afghan Local Police."

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