NATO expresses ‘deep concern’ to Karzai
Published: September 5, 2012 03:37PM
Updated: September 5, 2012 03:37PM
Afghan President Hamid Karzai displays a case containing a pen that belonged to former Afghanistan King Shah Amanullah Khan, who ruled the country from 1919 to 1929, during a ceremony at the presidential palace in Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, Aug. 27, 2012. The pen will be transferred to the Afghan National Museum. (AP Photo/Ahmad Massoud / Xinhua, Pool)

Brussels • NATO’s top official has expressed deep concern to Afghan President Hamid Karzai over the surge of assaults by Afghan troops on their foreign allies.

Spokeswoman Carmen Romero said Karzai had assured Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen in a phone conversation Wednesday that he was doing all he could to stop the attacks.

The spike of insider attacks — 45 NATO troops have perished this year — has sparked concerns that Afghan forces will not be capable of taking over security by 2014 as planned.

U.S. Gen. John R. Allen, who commands NATO’s 129,000-strong force, briefed the alliance’s top decision-making body on Wednesday about the attacks.