March 12th, 2012
03:44 PM ET

Some security heightened in Afghanistan

From Chris Lawrence

Some U.S. commanders in Afghanistan are instituting heightened security in the wake of recent events to protect against potential retaliation. Some of the precautions were put in place in the wake of the Quran burning incident, a senior defense official tells CNN.

The measures include adding a second U.S. soldier to watch towers, where before there was one American and one Afghan on watch. American and Afghan forces live together on many of the smaller bases and outposts, and on some of these the U.S. has instituted a 24-hour guard of their barracks.

The official would not specifically confirm the procedures in place at each forward operating base, but said "Those changes are all within the right of any commander to institute. I won't deny that several may have felt it was necessary to do so."

The official says battalion and even company commanders at combat outposts are "given the discretion and authority to weigh their individual security concerns and take appropriate action."

He said these security changes "are not coming from the top," meaning directed by International Security Assistance Force or the Pentagon.

The top commander of U.S. and NATO forcesĀ  said the mission should continue, said another military official, Capt. John Kirby. Kirby said that while force protection is "always a priority," there has not been an increase in protection forces overall, Kirby said.

"The way to get beyond that is continuing to engage (General) John Allen gave direction to his commanders on Saturday right after hearing about this incident to continue to engage, to keep getting out there, to keep partnering with the afghan forces," Pentagon spokesman Kirby said in an interview on CNN on Monday. "It's absolutely vital that we try to move past this. the only way to move past this is to continue to engage and to operate with the Afghan partners."

soundoff (9 Responses)
  1. Skorpio

    It would've been better to kill 16 "MUSLIM CLERICS" instead of innocent people. I bet this soldier would've been a hero not just in America but also in Afghanistan, especially to the Afghan women.

    March 13, 2012 at 11:00 am | Reply
  2. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, B.A., J.D., S.P.J.

    The Afghan War was a tremendous success. It went on so far for over 8 years earning Trillions for defense contractors like Halliburton. What is good for Halliburton is good for America! We have helped the farmers of Afghanistan to grow the largest opium poppy crop in over 50 years. And lastly you can see the success of our Afghan strategy in every big city middle school! Today Smack, or Heroin if you must, but Heroin has such a bad stigma about it, well Smack is so plentiful that it can be purchased by most middle class kids without much stealing. Smack helps to control hyper-activity disorder and helps girls stay slim. So now your kids have a chance of growing up like Johnny Cash, or John Lennon, or Herman Goering. "Puff the Magic Dragon, lived by the sea....."

    March 12, 2012 at 9:24 pm | Reply
  3. Skorpio

    The US should ban the Koran in all military bases due to the following:
    1) Muslim clerics use the Koran as a weapon to incite and instigate the masses to provoke violence, hatred and terrorism attacks against Americans. 2) In comparison to Hitler's book "Mein Kampf", the Koran is more violent, discriminatory and ant-Semitic. 3) The same way Saudi Arabia confiscates bibles because they are perceived as subversives, the US should confiscate Korans. 4) The Koran provokes violence, hatred, resentment, terrorism, vengeance and discrimination. 5) The Koran's content is extremely offensive to Non-Muslims, humiliates, denigrates non-Muslims especially Jews.

    March 12, 2012 at 6:10 pm | Reply
  4. mipolitic

    ya that old saying of "we must control conditions on the ground , air , and sea" has nothing to do with the trust between the afghan people and nato.

    so many of the post here ID the people of afghanistan has a lost cause because of their will not to conform, and therein is the fact of the problem. we want them to fit them inside our box and they wan us to fit us inside their box.

    we in the west tried to do that with the north american natives , and we all know how that worked out.

    bin laden is no more , and russia is going to walk in behind us in afghanistan to take the spoils at the cost of our blood , lives and money.

    the truth is not kind some times .

    March 12, 2012 at 5:19 pm | Reply

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