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Violence in wake of Koran incident fuels U.S. doubts about Afghan partners

The Washington Post, 27 February 2012
Publié le : 27 février 2012
 Greg Jaffe 

In the course of one week, the burning of copies of the Koran by U.S. military personnel in Afghanistan has set off a deadly chain of events that has not only inflamed tensions but possibly exposed a crippling weakness in the American strategy to wind down the war.

The emerging U.S. strategy in Afghanistan is built around plans to replace large NATO combat formations with small teams of advisers who will live and work alongside their Afghan partners.

But the killing of two high-ranking NATO officers by an Afghan security official and the subsequent decision by the top NATO commander in the country to recall his personnel from top Afghan ministries has spurred doubts about whether Afghan security forces can be relied upon to provide for the protection of their Western partners. The consequences of that erosion of confidence, former U.S. officials and analysts say, could be devastating.

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