‘ANA success lies in ability to sustain’
WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): An Afghanistan-based senior US military commander on Thursday said the key to Afghan National Army (ANA)’s success was in its long-term sustainability.
“The key is going to be in their ability to sustain themselves for the long term, and that's where they still need a lot of work,” Maj. Gen. W Lee Miller said of the Afghan army during a Pentagon news conference.
To a question he said: “That's not so much in training mechanics, it's a lot about getting parts from point A to point B and then being able to hang those parts. That's where they need work.”
He said the real challenge was not so much in the ANA’s ability to tactically fight. “One on one, the Afghan national security forces will win every fight it's in. They will. It proved it this summer.”
Miller said he found it hard to see the Taliban depleting the Afghan National Security Forces or bleeding them white. “It's not going to happen. I have a very positive view of where the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) are headed. They're going to come out on top,” he said.
“They're going to buy the space for the government to become popular with the locals. That's going to happen. They just need the time. It's not a McDonald's society. It's the East. Don't forget it. It's not the West. It will take time, but they'll get there,” the US military official said.
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