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    1,500 ANA soldiers, officers complete training

    KABUL (PAN): Nearly 1,500 Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers and officers on Thursday completed a six-month training course in Kabul, officials said.

    The graduates were awarded certificates during a ceremony at the Kabul Military Training Centre (KMTC).

    The officers received a six-month training while soldiers a two-month from local and foreign mentors, the KMTC public affairs officer, Maj. Shahpor, told Pajhwok Afghan News.

    He said it was the 172nd battalion completing training in the centre since its creation in 2003. He said each battalion has 1,500 to 1,800 personnel.

    On Wednesday, the Ministry of Defence spokesman, Gen. Zahir Azimi, said the security situation in Afghanistan had improved during 2011 and would get even better next year.

    He said the number and capacity of Afghan soldiers and police had considerably risen, leaving a positive impact on the security situation.

    Afghan soldiers were conducting operations in unsecure provinces and the offensives would continue until security was restored, he said, noting improvement in Helmand province.

    The Afghan National Army (ANA) strength went up to 180,000, with 95 percent of soldiers equipped with light weapons, the spokesman added.

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