Gillard raises insider attacks with Afghan President

AUSTRALIAN Prime Minister Julia Gillard has raised the issue of insider attacks with Afghan President Hamid Karzai during a brief visit to the country.

Ms Gillard met with Mr Karzai, other political and military leaders and Australian troops during the surprise visit to Australia's Tarin Kowt base.

"I ... sought an assurance from him (Karzai) that everything than can be done is being done," Ms Gillard said about the issue of inside attacks.

"He spoke to me about the steps being taken by Afghan forces to deal with insider attacks."

Three Australian soldiers were murdered in a green-on-blue attack in August.

Ms Gillard, who touched down in Afghanistan on her way for to India for important talks, also spoke with NATO-ISAF Commander General John Allen, who assured her the plan to withdraw troops in two years was on target.

"All in all, the reports I've had from General Allen , the report from President Karzai ... is that progress is being made and that the nation is on track for security leadership to be handed over at the end of 2014 as the deadline was agreed at the NATO-ISAF level," she said.



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