US orders more force protection measures to deal with Afghan treachery
U.S. military commanders in have assigned "guardian angels" — troops that watch over their comrades even as they sleep — and have ordered a series of other increased security measures to protect troops against possible attacks by rogue Afghans.The added protections are part of a directive issued in recent weeks by Marine Gen. John Allen, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, to guard against insider threats, according to a senior military official. And they come in the wake of a spike in attacks on U.S. and coalition forces by Afghans, including the point-blank shooting deaths of two U.S. advisers in Afghanistan's Ministry of Interior.Some of the changes have been subtle, others not so much.In several Afghan ministries, Americans are now allowed to carry weapons. And they have been instructed to rearrange their office desks there to face the door, so they can see who is coming in, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity to describe the internal directive.
...These measures seem like common sense. I was actually surprised that the desks of those killed faced the wall rather than the door. Having a interior watch system also makes sense. It gets more tricky for troops on patrol, but that is something that we also must address if we are to implement our current strategy.