Dempsey calls insider attacks serious threat
12 October, 2012
KABUL: Insider attacks by Afghan forces against NATO trainers were a "very serious threat" issue, but it will not affect the US troop withdrawal plans, a top American military official says.
Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey said the problem would neither derail the US-Afghan military relationship nor slow down plans to withdraw troops in coming years.
Speaking at the National Press Club in Washington, he said: "This is not jeopardizing our objectives, just making it a little tougher. The bond between our forces and the Afghan forces will be ultimately what gets (the Taliban) defeated."
The chairman said military leaders could not eliminate the threats of the green-on-blue assaults, but they were working to mitigate them through better vetting of trainees, better cultural training and closer relationships.