Published: Sep 27, 2012 1:20 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) - A U.S. defense official says NATO troops are slowly rebuilding efforts to partner with Afghan troops, working through a new approval process that severely restricted combat operations pairing coalition and Afghan forces.
    
The official says more than 50 percent of the operations now include both NATO and Afghan forces. That's nearly two weeks after a spike in insider attacks led commanders to limit when certain coalition and Afghan troops could patrol or work together. Prior to the new restrictions, about 90 percent of all operations included both coalition and Afghan troops.
    
The official requested anonymity because of not being authorized to release operation details.
    
Partnered operations such as patrols or the manning of outposts with small-sized units now must be approved by the senior regional commander.

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