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PRT office in Sar-i-Pul closed

PRT office in Sar-i-Pul closed

Sep 19, 2011 - 20:53

MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PANinfo-icon): The Provincial Reconstructioninfo-icon Team (PRTinfo-icon) office in northern Sar-i-Pul province has been closed, the International Security Assistance Force (ISAFinfo-icon) announced on Monday.

The training of Afghan security forces, which still need to be strengthened professionally before the 2014 completion of the ongoing security switch, would be stepped up as a result of the closure, ISAF said.

A statement from the NATOinfo-icon-led force said ISAF soldiers would focus on training Afghan security personnel instead of conducting joint patrols. The main PRT office in Balkh province will attend security meetings in Sar-i-Pul.

The PRT participated in various security projects over the past six years, it said, adding the Balkh-based team would looking after the offices in Sar-i-Pul, Jawzjan and Samangan provinces.


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