U.S. Troops Take New Safety Precautions

By: AP
By: AP

U.S. troops in Afghanistan are being guarded more closely and are taking other steps to protect themselves from attacks by Afghan troops.

A senior military official said Wednesday that the top commander in Afghanistan, Gen. John Allen, ordered the measures in recent weeks after a series of cases in which U.S. and other coalition forces were killed by Afghan soldiers. Some of the killings were believed to be triggered by the accidental burning of Qurans and other religious materials.

The new measures include the use of so-called "guardian angels" -- troops who guard others as they sleep. Americans can now carry weapons in some ministries and have moved their desks so they can keep an eye on the door. Two officers were killed at their desks in the Interior Ministry in Kabul.

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  • by Whatabout Location: CS on Mar 29, 2012 at 07:11 AM
    The smart units have already been doing this- the unit that was replaced by SSG Bear's unit didn't trust the same two ANA-types that were responsible for his death (not to mention the unreported wounded). Time to load up the Herky-birds, spray herbicide on the poppy crop, and leave. Cut all funding that channels to the Afghans or the Pakis as long as they support terrorists.
  • by Now that we are fighting... on Mar 29, 2012 at 06:48 AM
    the ones we where supposes to be helping....can we please just come home?
  • by Anonymous on Mar 29, 2012 at 06:02 AM
    Just more NATO troops sold under a red, white & blue banner.
  • by Nath Location: Colo Spgs on Mar 29, 2012 at 05:42 AM
    We're winning, right? It's been reported that our troops are confined to their compounds except when sent out on patrol or to work in heavily guarded locations like the ministry mentioned. If we don't have the hearts of the population, we can never "win". What Panetta and the Pentagon are backing would keep us there from now until someone in Washington comes to their senses. We are no longer looked upon as saviors by the Afghans but as occupiers. Even the old Soviet Union came to realize they were stuck in a no win situation and left. We are there as UN enforcers under the direction of NATO, (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) a subdivision of the UN and a long way from Europe. Since we're not in Afghanistan under a declaration of war by Congress, we are illegally there, interfering with the internal affairs of a sovereign nation on behalf of a UN agenda. We've been illegally used by the UN for their aims since it's creation in 1945.
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      by LOL on Mar 29, 2012 at 06:52 AM in reply to Nath
      "Since we're not in Afghanistan under a declaration of war by Congress, we are illegally there,..." WRONG EINSTEIN. Not a "declaration of war" BUT, authorized use of military action was voted on by Congress prior to moving into Afghanistan. How about OBAMA'S ILLEGAL WAR in Libya? I would hope you'd be upset about that because he never got approval from Congress...
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