(NEW YORK) — Coalition troops in Afghanistan have been put on higher alert, thanks to recent remarks made by Afghan President Hamid Karzai.
In a command threat advisory sent on Wednesday and obtained by The New York Times, Gen. Joseph Dunford, the top U.S. Commander in Afghanistan, warned troops of the potential of more insider attacks.
“[Karzai’s] remarks could be a catalyst for some to lash out against our forces — he may also issue orders that put our forces at risk,” the advisory read.
The warning comes as Karzai accused both the United States and the Taliban of creating instability in Afghanistan, a charge quickly rejected by U.S. officials.
On Thursday, the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) responded to the advisory: “ISAF routinely conducts assessments and adapts its protection posture to ensure our forces are prepared to meet potential threats and that they have a common understanding of the situation here in Afghanistan. This advisory was prudent given increased Coalition causalities in recent days. General Dunford’s e-mail is simply an example of this vigilance.”
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Michael Pearson, Faith Karimi and Ian Lee, CNN
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