ANA takes security control of another 7 provinces
JALALABAD (PAN): Foreign forces on Wednesday handed over security responsibilities of another seven provinces to Afghan National Army (ANA), said an official.
The 201 Selab Corps Commander spokesman Col. Nouman Hatifi told Pajhwok Afghan News that security of these provinces have shifted from NATO-led International Security Assistance Force to home-grown ANA.
The provinces included Panjshir, Parwan, Kapisa, Nangarhar, Kunar, Laghman and Nuristan.
Deputy Chief of Staff Lt.Gen. Arkan Harab Muhammad Akraam, Kunar Governor Syed Fazallah Waheedi, 203 Thunder Corps Commander Gen. Muhammad Sharif were present at the handing over ceremony today.
Akraam said the handing over of security affairs was a clear testament that well-trained Afghan forces are now capable of managing security by themselves.
At present, Afghan forces have taken control of about 80 percent of the country’s security operations and by 2014 local forces are expected to take full charge once NATO troops leave the country.
The 201 Selab Corps Commander Maj.Gen. Muhammad Zaman Waziri said residence should cooperate with ANA because they are not able to construct checkpoints everywhere to monitor security.
“People should inform ANA soldiers about the presence of any militants if they know of their presence,” he added.
He said Kunar province once suffered major unrest but security conditions have improved tremendously now.
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