The U.S. military has halted the training of Afghan government-backed forces for at least a month in order to redo the vetting of new recruits after a string of attacks by Afghan soldiers and police on their international allies, officials said on Sunday.
There have been 34 insider attacks this year, at least 12 in August alone, that have killed 45 international troops throwing doubt on the ability of Afghan and coalition forces to live and work together during a key time in the transition to Afghanistan control of security.
Lt. Col. John Harrell, a spokesman for U.S. special operations forces in Afghanistan, said the pause in training will affect about 1,000 trainees of the Afghan Local Police.
“The training of the ALP recruits has been paused while we go through this re-vetting process, to take a look at this process to see if there’s anything that we can improve,” Col. Harrell said. “It may take a month, it may take two months, we don’t know.”
Col. Tom Collins, a spokesman for the international military coalition in Afghanistan, also said there was no set date for the training of the local police to resume.