After a recent rise in the number of attacks by Afghan local police against U.S. Special Operations Forces, the U.S. has halted training of Afghan troops. The U.S. will double check the backgrounds of each of the members of the Afghan force. This year, more than 40 NATO troops were killed by either members of the Afghan security forces or by insurgents disguised as an Afghan policeman or soldier. In response to the temporary suspension, Thomas Collins, a spokesman for the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force, said, "While we have full trust and confidence in our Afghan partners, we believe this is a necessary step to validate our vetting process and ensure the quality indicative of Afghan Local Police."
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