‘Afghan forces able to defeat enemy in north’
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): The Train Advise Assist Command (TAAC)-North commander on Thursday said the enemy forces in northern Afghanistan were dangerous, but Afghan forces were capable enough to defeat them.
Brig. Gen. Andreas Hahnemann was talking to reporters in Mazar-i-Sharif, the capital of northern Balkh province. He said militants would try to expand activities this summer, but Afghan forces were well-trained to frustrate their designs.
On recent attacks from rebels in northeastern Badakhshan and Balkh province, the commander said casualties were part of a battle, but important was the manner the Afghan forces fought.
He said foreign forces would not leave Afghanistan alone, although the Afghan forces had taken over security responsibilities nationwide, spearheading operations themselves.
Gen. Hannemann said Afghan security forces had been provided with some military gear, including helicopters, which they used in their military offensives in the north.
He said the Afghan Air Force (AAF) needed more assistance and that Afghan troops were being trained on a high level.
Responding to a question, the TAAC-North commander rejected the existence of Islamic State (IS) fighters in Afghanistan.
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