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NATO Chief Says Afghan Attacks Will Not Hasten Pullout

September 04, 2012

NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen says the alliance will not leave Afghanistan ahead of its end-of-2014 pullout date because of a surge in attacks against NATO-led troops by rogue members of the Afghan security forces.

"Don't forget that for the Taliban, it is impossible to win militarily, but they try to gain some PR by undermining trust and confidence between the foreign troops and the Afghan security forces," Rasmussen told the Reuters news agency in an interview.

"So, obviously, I will not exclude the possibility that the Taliban tries to infiltrate the Afghan security forces, but once again, they will not succeed in derailing our strategy."

At least 45 NATO-led troops have been reported killed by members of the Afghan security forces this year.

Based on reporting by Reuters


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