U.S. and NATO troops are suspending most of their joint operations with members of Afghanistan's army and police forces in the aftermath of a spike in "green-on-blue" killings.

FOX News Radio's Steve Taylor reports from Washington:

The Pentagon calls the cutback a temporary reaction to the rising total of American and NATO soldiers killed by their supposed Afghan allies.  Defense Secretary Leon Panetta says attacks that are directed or inspired by the Taliban are attempts "to create chaos."

(Panetta) "But do not, in any way, result in their regaining territory that has been lost."

Panetta says the Taliban is not getting stronger.  Without saying how long the reduction in joint operations will last, the Secretary says U.S. commanders in Afghanistan are doing what's necessary to protect the troops.

In Washington, Steve Taylor, FOX News Radio.

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