Pentagon stops training of, partnering with Afghan troops below battalion level.

U.S. Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Richard Near, right, a radio…

U.S. Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Richard Near, right, a radio operator course instructor with the Embedded Partnering Team, 8th Combat Logistics Battalion, 2nd Marine Logistics Group, helps two Afghan national army soldiers from the 5th Kandak communicate with other soldiers via radio during a course at Forward Operating Base Delaram, Helmand province, Afghanistan, April 4, 2011. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Rachel Moore/Released)

The Pentagon announced Tuesday that it has stopped training Afghan troops and working with them below the battalion level because of anti-American protests across the Muslim world and a spate of insider attacks by Afghan security forces on their international coalition trainers.

The change, directed by Marine Gen. John Allen, commander of U.S. and coalition troops in Afghanistan, likely will lead to adjustments in how, when and where coalition troops operate, especially during the current period of heightened tension, Pentagon press secretary George Little told reporters Tuesday in Beijing, where he is traveling with Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta.

“Gen. Allen has directed all operational commanders to review force protection and tactical activities in the light of the current circumstances,” Mr. Little said.

Source: Kristina Wong for The Washington Times.

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