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February 25, 2012 11:49 am

NATO Personnel Leave Afghan Ministries as Killings Continue Over Quran Burning

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Marine Corps Gen. John R. Allen, commander of NATO and International Security Assistance Force troops in Afghanistan, and U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Ryan Crocker are thanked by President Hamid Karzai for their attendance of an Afghanistan Independence Day celebration at the Ministry of National Defense in Kabul. Photo: wiki commons.

Washington Post – Marine Gen. John R. Allen, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, recalled all NATO personnel working in Afghan ministries in the Kabul area on Saturday after two NATO soldiers were killed by an Afghan security official inside the Interior Ministry earlier in the day.

The step was taken “for obvious force protection reasons,” Allen said in a statement that capped a week marked by escalating distrust between NATO and Afghan forces. “We are investigating the crime and will pursue all leads to find the person responsible for this attack. The perpetrator of this attack is a coward whose actions will not go unanswered.”

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