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Advisers strive for cooperation among Afghan units

OCAMP CLARK, Afghanistan (AP) - With Afghan military and police now responsible for security in their country, the U.S. Army advisers from Fort Campbell, Ky., are focusing on encouraging the Afghans to share information and work together in a combined effort to fight insurgents.

Lt. Col. Thomas Sutton, who is leading a security force assistance team in Khost Province, from the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, said there is a tendency in Afghanistan to hold onto information rather than share it. He also says Afghan forces don't rely on security data or intelligence reports like coalition forces do.

He said the challenge is getting all the Afghan security agencies to coordinate their patrols, operations and planning. The advisers have begun holding weekly security meetings between the army and police to encourage that cooperation.

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