NATO could pull its forces from Afghanistan before its planned
withdrawal date of 2014. Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen also
conceded that intensifying green-on-blue attacks could be a premeditated
"From now until the end of 2014 we will see announcements of redeployments, withdrawals or drawdown,” Rasmussen told The Guardian. “If the security situation allows, I would not exclude the possibility that in certain areas you could accelerate the process."
There are currently 120,000 NATO troops in the country training a local force three times this size.
Rasmussen admitted that the transition is hindered by a stream of
so-called green-on-blue attacks, where local trainees turn on their
mentors, often unexpectedly and with deadly result. Nearly 50 NATO
troops have been killed in such incidents so far this year."There's no doubt insider attacks have undermined trust and confidence,"
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