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Top NATO official rules out US base attack weakening strong ties with Afghan forces

Washington, Mon, 01 Oct 2012 ANI

Washington, Oct 1 (ANI): Incidents such recent killing of two Americans and three Afghan soldiers would not weaken the strong relations between foreign and local forces, a top NATO official has said.

British Lieutenant General Adrian Bradshaw, the deputy commander of NATO's International Security Assistance Force or ISAF, stressed that relations between international troops and their Afghan allies 'are very strong and they're very effective'.

He said the initial report of an insider attack should be amended to note that the incident 'is now understood possibly to have involved insurgent fire,' CBS News reports.

Bradshaw's remarks came in the wake of the attack at an Afghan army checkpoint just outside a joint US-Afghan base in Wardak province.

A provincial government spokesman said the fighting started on Saturday, when what is believed to have been a mortar fired by insurgents struck the checkpoint set up by US forces.

The spokesman said the Americans thought they were under attack from a nearby Afghan army checkpoint and fired on it, prompting the Afghan soldiers to return fire.

The Afghan Defense Ministry said the gun battle was the result of a 'misunderstanding' between international forces and Afghan soldiers manning a checkpoint in the Sayd Abad district. (ANI)

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