World Bulletin / News Desk
The commander of US special forces in Afghanistan has suspended training for all new Afghan recruits until Afghan soldiers are re-investigated for ties to insurgents, The Washington Post reported late on Saturday.
The suspension comes in response to the killing of at least 45 foreign troops this year by their Afghan colleagues.
The newspaper said the re-vetting process will affect more than 27,000 Afghan troops.
"We have a very good vetting process," the paper quotes an unnamed senior special operations official as saying. "What we learned is that you just can't take it for granted. We probably should have had a mechanism to follow up with recruits from the beginning."
NATO has some 130,000 troops occupying Afghanistan.
Most of the NATO troops are set to withdraw by the end of 2014 in a US-designed transition process that will put Afghan security forces in charge of security.