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    World won’t abandon Afghanistan: ISAF

    KABUL (PAN): The International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), insisting on strengthening and equipping Afghan security personnel, on Monday said the international community would not abandon Afghanistan after the 2014 withdrawal.

    ISAF Spokesman Brig. Gen. Günter Katz told a press conference in Kabul that the global fraternity, ISAF and NATO member states were working with the Afghan government to ensure better security in the country.

    He said the international community’s presence in Afghanistan would continue after 2014, a deadline set for foreign troop withdrawal, in order to assist the Afghan government. The world would not leave Afghanistan alone, he promised.

    Katz said NATO and the entire world had announced they would continue assisting Afghanistan beyond 2014 as reflected in strategic agreements between Kabul and several nations, including the US, India, Italy, Australia, Germany and France.

    The ISAF spokesman said Afghan troops had the capability of taking over the security responsibility after foreign troop pullout. Katz said 30 percent of security operations were planned and executed by the Afghans themselves.

    The official said some foreign troops would remain in Afghanistan after 2014 to cooperate with security forces in various fields.