Afghan forces leadership has improved: NATO
Resolute Support (RS) mission spokesman Swedish Army’s Colonel Col. Par Zakariasson expressed these views during an interview with Pajhwok Afghan News.
Col. Par Zakariasson said the Afghan national defence forces had seen improvement especially in their leadership compared to past years.
Foreign forces in Afghanistan have been complaining of issues plaguing Afghan forces’ leadership over the past two years.
But the NATO spokesman said because of the RS training mission, the Afghan forces’ leadership considerably underwent positive changes. He hoped the Afghan forces would soon witness other improvements.
The colonel said Afghan security forces were eager to be trained and educated and NATO and the Afghan government were also paying them more attention in this area.
He said the Afghan forces’ achievements during the ongoing fighting season outmatched last year’s gains. The Afghan forces thwarted more enemy plans this season than the previous one, he said, adding the Afghan forces successfully survived last year’s combat mission and made further gains this year.
The Afghan security forces were in defensive mode last year but they started switching to offensive mode during the current year, he continued.
Colonel Pal said though problems in areas of leadership, logistics and technical side had reduced in the Afghan forces yet a lot of work needed to be done.
He said Afghanistan was a war-devastated country and the RS mission was aimed at training the Afghan forces to become self-reliant and defend Afghanistan by their own.
“We (RS mission) and the Afghan government have a joint purpose which is not to allow Afghanistan to become a terrorist safe-haven again.”
He said the RS mission was comprised of 13,000 soldiers from 39 countries, training Afghan forces in five zones including the capital Kabul.
He said the RS, besides training Afghan forces, also helped the ministries of defence and interior in different areas and gave the two ministries advices on various topics.
The NATO’s Resolute Support Mission was earlier scheduled to end by 2016 end, but a NATO’s summit last month extended the mission for one year.
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