Afghan forces overmatching fight season: Campbell
However, he was confident the Afghan forces would emerge successful from the ongoing fighting season.
Speaking at a press conference in Kabul, Gen. Campbell spoke in detail about recent activities of the IS, which controls large swaths of land in Iraq and Syria, and the capacity of Afghan security forces.
He said the situation in Afghanistan had changed as compared to the previous year since foreign forces had turned trainers.
The US general said insecurity in Afghanistan increased after Pakistani forces launched their offensives in North Waziristan area forcing militants to flee into Afghanistan.
Campbell reiterated to the alliance’s continued support for the Afghan forces and the national unity government.
“I hold meetings with Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Abdullah Abdullah and President Ashraf Ghani every week and we talk about various issues together,” he said, adding that he held similar meetings Afghan interior and defence ministries’ officials.
The Afghans supported their security forces who gained more power by each passing day, he said. “It is time for Afghans to get united and fight jointly against their enemy,” he remarked.
Campbell welcomed the peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban in Pakistan and said President Ghani had taken important steps in this regard.
He also praised the unity government’s improved relations with Pakistan and said both the countries should jointly fight their enemies posing threat to them.
Pointing to growing insecurity in northern region of Afghanistan, the NATO commander said both militants and criminals, including drug smugglers, were out to sabotage peace.
He pledged to strengthen the Afghan Air Force and the air force would soon receive more helicopters.
To a question about the number of IS fighters, he said, there was no member of the group in Afghanistan about six months ago. Afghanistan could not be compared with Iraq, he said, adding that the IS could not find a foothold in Afghanistan.
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