Afghan forces yet to be fully equipped
HERAT CITY (PAN): A senior military commander said on Wednesday that Afghan security forces, which were yet to be equipped with heavy and modern weaponry, were ready to shoulder the security responsibility.
With the cooperation of people, Afghan forces in the western zone were prepared to deal with the challenge, the 207th Zafar Military Corps commander said.
The planned security handover is expected to start in mid-2011 and end in 2014.
Addressing a graduation ceremony of 1,400 Afghan soldiers, Gen. Shahzada said that people in the zone supported the government's efforts at bringing peace and security to the country.
The graduates completed an eight-month training course at the Zafar Military Training Centre, the commander told Pajhwok Afghan News.
He said up to 500 troops would serve in Herat while the rest would be deployed to southern and southeastern provinces, something he believed would help strengthen the government's writ.
According to Najibullah Najibi, spokesman for the Military Corps, every soldier was paid 10, 500 afghanis ($233) a month during the training period. After graduation, each one will receive up to 14,000 afghanis.
Additionally, the soldiers are given a number of facilities, like free telephone calls to family members, medical treatment and 2,000 afghanis ($44) in travel expenses per year.
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