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“Those ministers who were rejected by the parliament will never be confirmed in another vote,” said Mohammad Nahim Lalai, a lawmaker from Kandahar.
“The president cannot impose his will on the parliament. We are working on the basis of law,” he said. “Less than a month ago, this minister (Mohammadi) was rejected by the parliament and now he wants to send him back as a defense minister?”
The U.S.-led coalition said the new security team will not slow down progress toward building the Afghan security forces.
“We’ve built a great relationship with the Afghan government,” NATO spokesman Jamie Graybeal said Wednesday. “It’s a relationship that reaches across various levels of the ministries and will guarantee our strategy for transformation will remain on track.”
However, there has been growing concern about progress in building the Afghan national security forces that the U.S. has spent more than $22 billion to train in recent years.
Insider attacks by Afghan forces against their international trainers have been a problem for the U.S.-led military coalition for years, but they recently have become a crisis. There have been at least 33 such attacks so far this year, killing 42 coalition members, mostly Americans. Last year, there were 21 attacks, killing 35; and in 2010 there were 11 attacks with 20 deaths.
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