NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) says foreign troops in Afghanistan will restrict joint operations with Afghan forces, fearing the rise of insider attacks.
ISAF said in a statement on Tuesday that joint operations with Afghan forces would only be conducted at the battalion level.
Cooperation with smaller units of Afghan troops need to be “evaluated on a case-by-case basis and approved by RC (regional) commanders,” the statement added.
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Nine Foreigners Killed in Afghan Attack
At least 12 people, including nine foreigners, have been killed in a car bomb attack that hit a minivan carrying foreigners to Afghanistan’s Kabul International Airport, Press TV reports.
The attack took place on the eight-lane highway in front of a wedding hall in the Afghan capital on Tuesday.
Reports say a bomber blew up the minivan, killing nine foreign workers, their Afghan translator, and two other Afghans.
Eight Afghan workers have also been wounded in the bomb attack.
A spokesman for NATO’s International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) confirmed the attack and said that “there are casualties.”
“There are a lot of casualties. I cannot give you a number at this time,” Kabul police chief Mohammad Ayoub Salangi said.
Security and rescue forces have been sent to the scene of the attack.
Violence in Afghanistan has been on the rise in recent months despite the presence of thousands of US-led foreign forces in the war-weary country.
The United States and its allies invaded Afghanistan in 2001 as part of Washington’s so-called war on terror.
The offensive removed the Taliban from power, but years into the invasion, insecurity continues to rise across the country.