Nato withdraws staff from Afghan ministry

2012-02-25 20:21

Kabul - Nato on Saturday pulled all its staff out of Afghan government ministries after two of its advisors were shot and killed within the interior ministry, the force commander said.

"For obvious force protection reasons, I have also taken immediate measures to recall all other ISAF personnel working in ministries in and around Kabul," said General John Allen, commander of Nato's international security assistance force.

"I condemn today's (Saturday's) attack at the Afghan ministry of interior that killed two of our coalition officers," Allen said in a statement.

"We are investigating the crime and will pursue all leads to find the person responsible for this attack. The perpetrator of this attack is a coward whose actions will not go unanswered.

"We are committed to our partnership with the government of Afghanistan to reach our common goal of a peaceful, stable and secure Afghanistan in the near future."

Taliban insurgents claimed responsibility for the shooting, saying it was carried out in revenge for the burning of Qur'ans at a US-run military base.

The shooting came on a fifth day of violent anti-US protests across Afghanistan over the incident, which forced US President Barrack Obama to issue an apology to the Afghan people.

  • Fred - 2012-02-25 20:45

    Because religious books that had been written over with violent graffiti were accidentally destroyed. Books.

  • Imvubu - 2012-02-25 23:51

    I wonder how long it takes the WEST to wake up and use the " GORDIAN KNOTT METHODE " to sort out the Middle East problem ?

      Fidel - 2012-02-26 10:21

      Why is the west supposed to sort out Middle Eastern problems.

  • Michael - 2012-02-26 00:25

    One persons crime is another persons jihad. ISAF should have stood down years ago. But we have Generals who are determined to "win" this pointless war. The real reason for ISAF being there differs, depending on whom you speak with and the time of day. 1 Al Qaeda 2.Women's rights 3.A US presence on Iran's eastern boundary and Pakistan's northern boundary 4.Something beneath the earth's surface Whichever it is, I am sure its difficult for parents whose sons and daughters come home in body bags to reconcile.

      Fred - 2012-02-26 01:20

      That's precisely the kind of moral relativism consistent with an emotionally detached, heartless view of the world. There's nothing relative about targeting civilians with car bombs and suicide attacks. But I understand for you, with your clouded, blind, pseudo-victimhood that doesn't have a real, strong heart guiding it, these acts are the same as NATO (which includes Turkey, a country of 73 million Muslims) targeting military resources and going to great lengths to avoid civilian casualties. You're being a stubborn, stupid fool Michael/Fidel.

      Fred - 2012-02-26 01:46

      Muedes, as for your dark, weird websites, the CIA does not fund its operations with the sale of poppies. Funny!

      Fred - 2012-02-26 01:48

      P.S. Muedes, that website is not one of the weird ones you frequent. It does however clearly say that China and India are eyeing Afghani resources. Makes one think, doesn't it, mainly in regard to the backward Chinese regime?

      Fidel - 2012-02-26 10:26

      @Fred What have I done to deserve your scorn so early in the morning. People have differing views to you Fred and you must accept that. The only "necessity" that drew the United States to Afghanistan was the desire to establish a military presence in this land that is next door to the Caspian Sea region of Central Asia — which reportedly contains the second largest proven reserves of petroleum and natural gas in the world — and build oil and gas pipelines from that region running through Afghanistan. Afghanistan is well situated for oil and gas pipelines to serve much of south Asia, pipelines that can bypass those not-yet Washington clients, Iran and Russia. If only the Taliban would not attack the lines. Here's Richard Boucher, US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs, in 2007: "One of our goals is to stabilize Afghanistan, so it can become a conduit and a hub between South and Central Asia so that energy can flow to the south." 10 Access to MARKETS and RESOURCES!

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