NATO: 2 coalition troops killed in Afghanistan

March 1, 2012 - 5:05 AM

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — NATO says two service members were shot dead in southern Afghanistan when two men, one of whom was believed to be an Afghan soldier, turned their weapons against international troops.

Thursday's shooting is the latest case of Afghan policemen or soldiers — or militants disguised in their uniforms — killing NATO troops.

Six NATO service members have been killed this way in less than two weeks. NATO says one of the gunmen was wearing civilian clothing and the other was believed to be a member of the Afghan army.

Two U.S. military advisers were shot and killed Feb. 25 inside their office at the Afghan Interior Ministry. Days before that, an Afghan solider shot and killed two other U.S. troops during a protest over the burning of Qurans at a U.S. base.

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KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A spokesman for the U.S.-led coalition says some foreign advisers have returned to Afghan ministries.

The move comes nearly a week after hundreds were pulled out following the killing of two American officers at the Interior Ministry in Kabul in the wake of the Quran burning at a U.S. military base.

U.S. military spokesman Lt. Col. Jimmie Cummings says the top commander in Afghanistan approved the return of selected personnel. He could not elaborate which ministries were involved.

The Feb. 25 killing of the Americans and widespread riots over the Quran burning prompted NATO to recall hundreds of advisers from all Afghan ministries in the capital. The advisers are key to helping improve governance and prepare Afghan security forces to take on more responsibility.