NATO says it's scaling back operations with Afghan soldiers and policemen to lower the risk of insider attacks. So far, about 51 international troops have died in such attacks. The U.S.-led coalition's key goal is to get Afghan forces ready to take over security from foreign forces by the end of 2014.
"Something has gone wrong in the Muslim world," says the author of The Satanic Verses, who has been marked by a "death sentence" for more than two decades. The latest anti-American protests, which spread to Kabul today, are evidence of that in his view.
Attacks in Afghanistan over the past 24 hours that killed four U.S. soldiers and as many as eight Afghan women and girls are raising tensions between the NATO-led coalition and the Afghan government. U.S. officials also acknowledged over the weekend that a separate Taliban attack on a British base used by U.S. Marines inflicted far more damage than originally revealed.
The U.S. troops were killed by an Afghan officer at a remote checkpoint. Eight NATO troops have been killed in similar insider attacks over the past three days. In the attack on which the women were casualties, the alliance said 45 insurgents were killed.
As the U.S. military begins to shrink its footprint in Afghanistan, there are still many issues that need to be worked out. No matter which candidate wins the U.S. presidential election, there will be a host of challenges.
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