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Mr. Faizi said the foreign spy agencies were instigating insider attacks to undermine confidence in the Afghan forces, but he didn’t elaborate about why they would want to do that, other than to say that they feared a strong Afghan security force.
On Monday, President Obama expressed deep concern about the insider attacks and discussed the problem Monday with the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, who was already in Kabul to talk to American and Afghan officials about how to halt the killings.
Gen. Dempsey has acknowledged that efforts launched a year ago to improve the vetting of Afghan recruits have yet to solve the problem.
Earlier this year, the U.S. commanders assigned some troops to be so-called “guardian angels” — watching over their comrades in interactions with Afghan forces and even as they sleep.
The U.S. also started allowing Americans to carry weapons in several Afghan ministries and started evaluating such visits to Afghan government offices with a stricter eye to security. And earlier this month, U.S. officials ordered American troops to carry loaded weapons at all times in Afghanistan, even when they are on their bases, as a precaution against such insider attacks.
Mr. Faizi said Mr. Karzai’s national security team decided at the meeting to further tighten the recruitment and vetting process and strengthen intelligence units within the Defense and Interior ministries.
The team also decided to investigate the cause of every insider attack and develop cultural training for police and soldiers to prevent personal disagreements between Afghan and NATO forces, which have led to some of the shootings. The national security team also said that a more comprehensive questionnaire would be introduced to screen recruits and that officials will do more to check on members of the security forces with ties to Pakistan or Iran.
This is not a new procedure but one that should command greater attention, he said.
“There are some individuals within the Afghan security forces who still have families either in Pakistan or Iran, so there is still a connection between them and their families in those countries,” he said.
Associated Press writers Sebastian Abbot in Islamabad and Lolita C. Baldor in Washington contributed to this report.
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