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Top leaders of Helmand military corps replaced: NATO

Top leaders of Helmand military corps replaced: NATO

Jan 20, 2016 - 09:53

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Following a surge in insurgent attacks, the commander and senior officers of the 215th Maiwand Corps in southern Helmand province have been replaced.

“They've got some leaders that need to be replaced, and they've got some leaders that are corrupt and need to go. The Afghan security forces are making these changes,” the Resolute Support mission’s spokesman said.

Brig. Gen. Wilson A. Shoffner told Pentagon reporters via teleconference from Kabul the 215th Corps commander, two brigade commanders and several key staff members had been replaced.

In order to meet a shortfall of about 25,000 troops, the Afghan National Army would have focus on recruiting, Shoffner said, adding the Afghan forces would reduce the number of checkpoints in the country.

The Afghans were rebuilding the entire corps because of soldiers quitting and equipment breaking down. “It’s going to take time for the rebuild of the 215th Corps,” he added.

Corruption by corps leaders involved the sale supplies and cash payroll irregularities, the spokesman explained.

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