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Afghan Pilot Kills 9 U.S. Trainers

USATODAY.COM - The Afghan pilot who killed nine U.S. trainers in Kabul on Wednesday came from the security force that has been more closely screened for insurgent sympathizers than any other force.

More than nine in 10 members of the Afghan air force had undergone screening for criminal, drug and medical problems as part of program to weed out unfit recruits or Taliban infiltrators.

The screening, conducted by the Afghans with help from NATO, is aimed at improving the quality of Afghan troops that will take on increasing responsibility for security beginning in July, when U.S. troops are scheduled to begin withdrawing from the country.

There are 100,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan and 284,000 Afghan troops and police. President Obama has asked Congress for $12.8 billion to train and equip the Afghan security forces this coming fiscal year.

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