Afghan soldiers, police to get 23,000 vehicles
KANDAHAR CITY (PAN): As many as 23,000 automobiles, including armoured vehicles, would be provided to Afghan soldiers and police in the southern zone, an official said on Saturday.
Since the number of Afghan soldiers has increased from 70,000 to 170,000, they would be provided with more vehicles, a 205th Atal Military Corps commander, Gen. Abdul Hamid Hamid, told Pajhwok Afghan News.
Officials in Kabul had promised the vehicles, he said. Of the 230,000 automobiles, 13,000 would be provided to the army, the commander added.
Hamid said Afghan army and air force were yet to be fully equipped. Training jet and helicopter pilots would take five years, he explained.
Asked if it would affect the security transition, he replied: "If we compare Afghan soldiers with militants, the soldiers have more weapons and equipment."
The insurgents had only light weapons and therefore soldiers would be ready for the security handover, the commander concluded.
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