Military officials in Afghanistan denied media claims that joint patrols with Afghan forces have ended due to the insider attacks perpetrated against U.S. service members.
The report about the patrol change “is not accurate,” International Security Assistance Force officials in Afghanistan said in a statement quoted by the Armed Forces Press Service. Per AFPS:
“The ISAF [security force assistance] model is focused at the battalion level and above, with exceptions approved by senior commanders,” the statement said, adding that partnering occurs at all levels, from platoon to corps.
“This has not changed,” the statement said.
CBS reported otherwise. “The strategy for getting U.S. forces out of Afghanistan depends on training Afghan soldiers and police to protect the country themselves, but on Monday the U.S. military suspended most joint field operations with Afghan forces because so many Americans are being killed by the men they are training,” CBS said.