Afghanistan Wipes Hundreds From Its Ranks response to 'green-on-blue' attacks
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 5, 2012 11:56 AM CDT
In this Tuesday, May 15, 2012 photo, Afghan National Army soldiers line up outside the canteen for dinner at the 203 Thunder Corps base in Gardez, Paktia province, Afghanistan.   (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)

(Newser) – Afghanistan said it would do something about the explosion in "green-on-blue" attacks, and it looks like it's made good on its word. The Defense Ministry today announced that hundreds of troops have been detained or eliminated from the military. No exact numbers were given, nor were any Taliban ties disclosed, reports the AP; but a rep says those who were booted had either incomplete or forged documents. The move comes on the heels of a six-month investigation. This year's green-on-blue death toll stands at 45, with 15 killed in August alone. (Read more Afghanistan stories.)

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