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That's -- a major shift in strategy now in Afghanistan tell you about the Pentagon now pulling US soldiers out of joint operations.
In Afghanistan that applies -- the soldiers and Marines after dozens of NATO troops were killed this year alone at the hands of -- suppose -- Afghan allies.
Secretary defense Leon Panetta saying the deaths are not a sign of our -- strength but rather.
They're continued struggle to regain their footing.
I don't think that these attacks.
Indicate that the Taliban -- stronger.
I think what it indicates is that they're resorting.
To their efforts.
Which try to strike.
And or forces try to create chaos.
But do not in any way.
Result in -- regaining territory that has been lost.
Pursuant to what the myself and US forces have been able to accomplish in terms of the -- National correspondent Steve Centanni is live in DC what does this mean for NATO forces what does it mean for American forces -- whether or not.
Will be able to work alongside Afghans.
Right bill NATO and the Pentagon insists they will continue working together the strategy really does not change they say this move is only temporary that large scale operations will still be conducted on a joint basis.
And that some smaller operations can also involve teams of Afghan and international troops.
Here's the explanation from -- at the International Security Assistance Force they -- SF has taken some prudent but temporary measures.
To reduce our profile and vulnerability to civil disturbances or insider attacks.
This means that in some local instances operational tempos -- -- reduced or Force Protection.
Has been increased but pentagon officials are quick to -- the new policy only temporary some joint missions can still be carried out they'll be considered on a case by case basis -- -- have to be approved at the level of a two star general or higher.
This of course comes in response to a 40% spike in those insider attacks.
The order followed a weekend in fact it's off for American and two British troops killed.
But those attacks what could this mean -- babies to -- you can -- -- the overall goal -- of training Afghan forces.
And then withdrawn from that country.
Well it makes a little more difficult to military brass say should have no significant impact though because training we'll continue in those larger operations will continue as well.
But some critics of course don't agree with that the whole idea of training the Afghan army.
-- was a key to the plan for withdrawing by 2014.
And one British lawmaker said today it could undermine the entire strategy in Afghanistan this new policy.
A senior NATO spokesman colonel Tom columns.
Said the new policy will apply only until the threat returns to what he calls a tolerable level -- Steve thank you Steve Centanni is live there in Washington.
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