Substantive progress made in Afghanistan: US
WASHINGTON (PAN): The United States has made substantive headway in Afghanistan over the past few months, a top American general has said, praising the significant progress made by Afghan security forces.
"We are making substantive progress in building Afghan security force capability and expanding the Kabul security zone," said Army Major General Daniel Allyn, commanding general of the Regional Command East.
Speaking to Pentagon reporters in a video conference on Thursday, Allyn said the main effort of the United States was to partner with and develop Afghan forces to achieve security primacy and set conditions for governance and economic development.
"We have built upon the successes of Combined Joint Task Force 101 and sustained the momentum and continuity of this campaign. Our current focus … is to expand the Kabul security zone and interdict insurgent infiltration along the 450-kilometer Afghanistan-Pakistan border," he said.
The general said there had been increased cooperation in recent months between the Afghan people, the local government and the security forces. He referred to an Afghan police-led effort in August to deliver 160 tonnes of humanitarian assistance to Kunar and Nuristan residents.
"During the first round of transition to Afghan force and governance control, we had two provinces and one capital district … In each area, progress and development continues. Transitioned areas continue the process towards full Afghan primacy in security, governance and development...
"While much work remains to be done, we are witnesses to Afghan security force and government institutions strengthening their capacity and effectiveness. We will continue to press forward with our Afghan partners to achieve a stable and secure future for the people of Afghanistan," he concluded.
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