• NATO troops ordered to halt some joint operations with Afghan security forces

    The broader strategy of handing security over to local and national forces would continue.

    NATO troops in Afghanistan have been ordered to halt some joint operations with Afghan security forces after a spate of attacks by their local allies and amid fallout from a controversial anti-Islam video. The broader strategy of handing security over to local and national forces would continue.White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told newsmen most partnering and advising will now be at the battalion level and above. But Carney stressed that the broader strategy of handing security over to local and national forces would continue and that the new policy will not affect NATO's planned withdrawal for 2014. Earlier a spokeswoman for the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force Maj. Lori Hodge said‚ ISAF forces are increasing their vigilance and carefully reviewing all activities and interactions with the local population.

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