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    Dr Teeth

    now to have guardian angels to protect them....

    In one of a series of recent steps, the military decreed that American and NATO service members should always carry a loaded magazine in their weapons, to save precious moments if attacked by Afghan forces. Another initiative, now a priority, is a program named “Guardian Angel” that calls for one or two soldiers to monitor the Afghans during every mission or meeting, officials say. The “angels,” whose identities are not disclosed to the Afghans, must be prepared to fire on anyone who tries to kill a coalition service member.

    The military has also analyzed the attacks. But the results have been worrisome. Only a handful of the 31 attacks this year have clearly been a result of Taliban activity like infiltration. That suggests a level of malaise or anger within the Afghan forces that could complicate NATO’s training program, which relies on trust and cooperation.

    The stepped-up efforts to stop the attacks are indications of how destabilizing the deaths of coalition troops at the hands of Afghan colleagues have become, and how much of a threat they pose to the transfer of control to the Afghans when NATO is set to leave in 2014.

    http://www.nytimes.com/...

    "Who are these men who really run this land? And why do they run it with such a thoughtless hand? David Crosby.

    by allenjo on Sun Aug 19, 2012 at 01:17:15 PM PDT

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