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NATO and the Pentagon insist 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 -- -- 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 -- been reduced or Force Protection.
Has been increased but pentagon officials are quick to stress 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 -- off for American and two British troops killed.
But those attacks what could this mean -- babies to -- even answered as the overall goal there are training Afghan forces.
And then withdrawing 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 lawmakers said today it could undermine the entire strategy in Afghanistan this new policy.
A senior NATO spokesman colonel Tom Collins.
Said the new policy will apply only until the threat returns to what he calls but tolerable level -- Steve thank you Steve Centanni is live there in Washington.
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