US Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta has expressed concern over the rise in the number of attacks by Afghan soldiers on US-led foreign forces in Afghanistan. "I've been very concerned about these incidents, because of the lives lost and because of the potential damage to our partnership efforts," Panetta told reporters in Washington on Tuesday. He made the comments one day after an Afghan policeman opened fire on US-led forces in the eastern province of Nangarhar, injuring two soldiers. Last week, seven US-led soldiers were killed over four days when Afghan security forces opened fired on them in another green-on-blue or insider attack, in which Afghans turn their weapons against their foreign allies. According to a NATO count, such attacks have killed a total of 37 US-led foreign soldiers this year, up from 35 deaths in 2011. Press TV has conducted an interview with Conn Hallinan, a columnist for Foreign Policy in Focus, to further discuss the issue.
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