Seven US soldiers were wounded in Afghanistan on Sunday when protesters hurled a grenade at their army base. The attack comes a day after two US advisers were killed inside the interior ministry in a sixth day of anti-American protests.
Britain follows Nato in withdrawing advisers
The British embassy in Kabul is temporarily withdrawing all civilian mentors and advisors from Afghan government institutions in the capital, the Foreign Office said Saturday.
The withdrawal comes after two US members of NATO forces in Kabul were shot dead in the interior ministry on Saturday, as anti-US protests raged for a fifth day over the burning of Korans at a US-run military base.
“As a temporary measure, the British embassy has withdrawn civilian mentors and advisors from institutions within Kabul,” a Foreign Office spokeswoman told AFP, adding that she was referring to Afghan government buildings. “We will keep the situation under review.”
She confirmed that the embassy in Kabul would remain open, but added: “The safety and security of our staff at the embassy is extremely serious and we keep the situation under constant review.”
The spokeswoman could not confirm how many staff were involved or when they were leaving but the measure was imposed as of Saturday. The Koran burning has inflamed anti-Western sentiment already smouldering over abuses by US-led foreign troops, such US Marines urinating on the corpses of dead Afghans, shown in a video released last month.
Britain has around 9,500 troops in Afghanistan, mainly based in the central belt of the southern Helmand Province, where they are battling Taliban insurgents and training up local forces. Britain intends to pull out all its combat troops by 2015.
Date created : 2012-02-26