ISAF clarifies information on partnering with ANSF
KABUL, Afghanistan / Sep. 18, 2012 - Recent media coverage regarding a change in ISAF's model of Security Force Assistance (SFA) to the Afghan National Security Forces is not accurate. ISAF remains absolutely committed to partnering with, training, advising and assisting our ANSF counterparts. The ISAF SFA model is focused at the battalion level and above, with exceptions approved by senior commanders. Partnering occurs at all levels, from Platoon to Corps. This has not changed.
In response to elevated threat levels resulting from the 'Innocence of Muslims' video, ISAF has taken some prudent, but temporary, measures to reduce our profile and vulnerability to civil disturbances or insider attacks. This means that in some local instances, operational tempo has been reduced, or force protection has been increased. These actions balance the tension of the recent video with force protection, while maintaining the momentum of the campaign. We've done this before in other high tension periods and it's worked well. Under this guidance, and as conditions change, we will continue to adapt the force posture and force protection.
The SFA model is integral to the success of the ANSF, and ISAF will return to normal operations as soon as conditions warrant.