U.S. Ends Joint Afghan Missions

    Ltieutenant Jameson Bligh (3L) of 1st Platoon, Delta Coy, 1-64 AR of the US army - operating under NATO sponsored  International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) stops to talk to a villager, after an ISAF night patrol came under small-arms attack a few nights before, at a settlement near Kandahar Air Field on September 12, 2012 during a joint patrol with officers from the Afghan National Police in Kandahar province. Estimates by the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) are that militia attacks cost between 100 million dollarsand 155 million dollars a year to stage while the rest goes to maintaining the insurgency says a new UN report that adds that the Taliban raised 400 million dollars last year through taxes, donations, and extorting businessmen and narcotics dealers in Afghanistan.   AFP PHOTO/Tony KARUMBA        (Photo credit should read TONY KARUMBA/AFP/GettyImages)

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    After four American and two British troops were killed in “insider attacks” in Afghanistan over the weekend, the U.S. military has halted joint missions between its troops and its Afghan trainees. Afghan government troops have turned on American soldiers repeatedly this year, killing a record 51. In the attack over the weekend, two Marines were killed, two jet fighters destroyed, and $200 million worth of damage was done to a heavily fortified base. American strategy and eventual withdrawal depends on training Afghan forces to take over security duties once the U.S. has left, but for now that is on hold. "We have got to do a better job at protecting our troops,” one official said.

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