With growing incidence of Afghan attacks on American soldiers, the US military is taking desperate measures to protect its personnel. This includes assigning ‘guardian angels’ to monitor soldiers, and rearranging furniture.
The new measures are part of a directive issued by General John Allen, the commander of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), and are primarily aimed at curbing insider attacks.
“We have taken steps necessary on our side to protect ourselves with respect to, in fact, sleeping arrangements, internal defenses associated with those small bases in which we operate,” Allen said.
‘Guardian angels’ are special troops to be used to monitor their comrades 24/7.
Other measures to ramp up security include rearranging office desks to face the door, so that those behind them would have a clear view of the people coming in. Americans have also been permitted guns in several Afghan ministries.
All these steps come after a number of deadly attacks on American troops and other military personnel.