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Afghan troops boycotting joint operations with NATO soldiers

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Berlin, Sept 25, IRNA -- Afghan soldiers are reportedly boycotting joint military operations with US and German troops, according to the weekly news magazine Der Spiegel.

A recent joint operation operation comprised of Afghan, German and American soldiers had to be called off because Afghan troops failed to show up for the military mission in Kunduz.

Meanwhile, some 200 Afghan police were supposed to join NATO troops in an operation dubbed 'Taohid III', however the mission in southern Kunduz had to be halted earlier than planned because the Afghan side did not deliver on its pledge to send the police officers.

As part of NATO's new 'partnering' strategy adopted in the fight against the Taliban and al-Qaeda insurgency, troops of the western military alliance were to provide on-the-field military training for Afghan forces.

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Islamic Republic News Agency/IRNA NewsCode: 289501



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