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U.S. halts training some Afghan forces after attacks
The most recent insider attack took place last week when an Afghan army soldier turned his gun on Australian soldiers, killing three of them and wounding two more in Uruzgan province, according to the Australian military.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s office condemned an operation by international troops to catch the shooter, describing it as unilateral and saying it resulted in the deaths of a 70-year-old man his 30-year-old son.
Mr. Karzai’s office said in a statement late Saturday that the operation took place without the coordination or approval of provincial authorities and violated an agreement that calls on Afghan troops to lead night raids.
The U.S.-led international coalition responded by saying that Afghan officials approved and supported the strike.
In a related incident, NATO said it had arrested a Taliban insurgent who was responsible for the May 12 shooting of two members of the British military in Lashkar Gah, the capital of Helmand province, in the south.
At the time the man was a member of the Afghan police. An accomplice was shot and killed at the scene. The man, who was not further identified, was arrested along with another suspected insurgent on Thursday in the Hisarak district of eastern Nangarhar province.
Before the two most recent attacks, coalition authorities said they believed that 25 percent of this year’s attacks had confirmed or suspected links to the Taliban, which sometimes have infiltrated the ranks of the Afghan army and police and in other cases are believed to have coerced or otherwise persuaded legitimate members of the Afghan forces to turn on their coalition partners.
Also Sunday, seven people were killed in an apparent clash between rival tribal leaders in eastern Kunduz province. The violence broke out when gunmen from one village killed the brother-in-law of a tribal leader in another, said Sarwar Husseini, spokesman for the provincial police chief.
Associated Press writer Patrick Quinn contributed to this report.
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