Focus on intelligence sharing to check insider attacks
07 September, 2012
KABUL: Afghan and NATO officials on Thursday said they were focused on sharing intelligence and cultural training to check green-on-blue attacks.
Since the beginning of the current year, 45 International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) soldiers, mostly American, have been killed in 33 attacks by Afghan security personnel.
Addressing a joint news conference with the defence ministry's spokesman, ISAF's Deputy Commander Gen. Adrian Bradshaw said they were concerned over the insider attacks, which would not change their direction.
"We will do all we can to eliminate the source of the attacks and resolve the problem," he said, adding that they were increasing intelligence sharing and conducting cultural training for the soldiers.
They focused on training because the local security personnel and their international partners were unaware of each other's cultures, he said, expressing NATO's willingness to provide all possible assistance to Afghan forces.