UK, Denmark Suggest NATO Meeting on Afghan Attacks 9/20/12
September 20, 2012
Copenhagen, Denmark - Britain and Denmark have called for a meeting of NATO countries to discuss how to tackle insider attacks against allied troops by Afghan forces.
British Defense Secretary Philip Hammond says such attacks, which have killed 51 international service members this year, will be addressed at a NATO defense ministers meeting Oct. 9-10. But he also suggested a wider conference on the issue where allied and Afghan experts could "come up with additional helpful approaches."
No date or place have been set for such a conference, but Danish Defense Minister Nick Haekkerup says Denmark would be willing to host it.
Under the new NATO rules, operations that mix small-sized Afghan and coalition units are no longer considered routine and require the approval of the regional commander.