"Green-on-blue" attacks not derailing NATO’s strategy in Afghanistan: Rasmussen

"Green-on-blue" attacks not derailing NATO’s strategy in Afghanistan: Rasmussen
# 02 July 2012 18:13 (UTC +04:00)
Baku-APA. NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen on Monday said the "green-on-blue" attacks in Afghanistan could not derail NATO’s strategy in the country, APA reports quoting Xinhua.

He blamed the killing of three NATO soldiers by a gunman dressed in the green Afghan police uniform to hostile sabotage in his monthly press conference in Brussels, one day after the incident in southern Afghanistan.

"ISAF (International Security Assistance Force) is investigating the incident, we can not confirm if it actually was an Afghan policeman who turned his gun against ISAF soldiers, we can confirm it was a man wearing Afghan police uniform," said Rasmussen.

The incident is the latest in the so-called "green-on-blue" attacks when men in Afghan army or police uniform turned their weapons against foreign troop in the insurgency-hit country. There have been 18 such attacks so far this year in Afghanistan, leaving a total of 26 foreign soldiers dead.

"It’s very clear that the enemies in Afghanistan do all they can to undermine confidence and trust of Afghan security forces," said Rasmussen, "Because they know we are building up the capacity of the Afghan security forces to take full responsibility of the security to the end of 2014."

"Our strategy is to gradually hand over full responsibility for the security to the Afghans, and this process will be continued," he stressed.

According to Rasmussen, up to now, half the Afghan population lives in areas where their own forces are in the lead for providing security, and over the coming weeks and months, that protection will extend to three quarters of the population.

"That means, later this summer, those Afghans living in areas protected by their own forces will become the clear majority," he said, "This is a big step forward."