Just last week Coalition forces ceased partnered patrols in Afghanistan due to the internal fratracide attacks from the "Afg Army" we are there to assist. Now, lessthan 10 days later, patrols are back on. Interesting….
military believes some of the insider attacks were perhaps triggered by
Muslim anger over an American-made internet video that defamed the
Prophet Muhammad. What????
Coalition-Afghan Partnering Operations Resuming
By Jim Garamone
American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, Sept. 27, 2012 – Afghan and NATO troops are resuming
partnered operations which were suspended earlier this month because of a
series of deadly insider attacks, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta
announced during a news conference here today.
Corps Gen. John R. Allen, the top U.S. and NATO commander in
Afghanistan, had ordered that all combined operations below the
battalion level be approved by regional commanders following attacks by
Afghan soldiers and police that have killed 51 members of the coalition
However, Afghan and coalition troops are now back to
conducting partnered operations as before, Panetta told Pentagon
reporters. The military believes some of the insider attacks were
perhaps triggered by Muslim anger over an American-made internet video
that defamed the Prophet Muhammad.
“I can now report to you that
most ISAF units have returned to their normal partnered operations at
all levels,” said Panetta, who was accompanied by Army Gen. Martin E.
Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
back from a visit to Afghanistan, said partnering efforts are back to
the level they were before the difficulties. Around 90 percent of all
operations in the country are partnered.
Even with the insider
attacks, Panetta said the coalition and Afghan efforts are paying off.
He said the Taliban were in control of large swaths of Afghanistan and
were poised to take more when the coalition surge into the country began
in December 2009.
Last week, the secretary announced the end of
the surge, with the departure of the last of the 33,000 troops who were
ordered deployed. There are now 68,000 American service members in
“[The surge] accomplished the primary objectives of
reversing the Taliban’s momentum on the battlefield and dramatically
increased the size and capability of the Afghan national security
forces,” Panetta said.
This will continue, said Dempsey, noting
coalition troops will continue to partner with Afghan soldiers and
police. The Taliban has failed to recover momentum or any territory.
“Our Afghan partners are working with us to shut down the threat of
insider attacks,” the chairman said. “As one Afghan army commander told
me, insider attacks are an affront to their honor, at odds with their
culture and their faith.”
Taliban insurgents are actively trying
to infiltrate Afghan army and police formations, Dempsey said. The
insurgent group is also trying to turn Afghan soldiers and police
against their coalition allies.
Dempsey said coalition forces are adapting to the Taliban’s change in tactics.
“That’s what professional militaries do,” he said. “And we are doing it
in a way that ensures we continue to be able to partner.”
Taliban wants to break the coalition, the general said, but the
coalition’s resolve to stand with Afghan formations is strong.
Still, it will be tough going in the country, Panetta said. “The enemy
we are dealing with … is adaptive and resilient,” the secretary said.
“Their focus has shifted to carrying out high-profile attacks in order
to undermine the new sense of security that has been felt by ordinary
Panetta expects there will be more high-profile attacks like the one that struck Camp Bastion last week.
“The enemy will do whatever they can to try and break our will using this kind of tactic. That will not happen,” he said.
Afghan forces are the “defeat mechanism” of the insurgency, Panetta said.
“We have an enduring commitment to an Afghanistan that can secure and
govern itself and that is never again a safe haven from which terrorists
can attack us,” he said. “Our men and women in uniform, our fighting
forces, ISAF, Afghanistan fighting forces I think have sent a strong
message to the Taliban that time is not on their side.”