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Efforts on to identify insurgents infiltrating forces

Efforts on to identify insurgents infiltrating forces

Apr 06, 2011 - 21:20

KABULinfo-icon(PANinfo-icon): Efforts were in place to identify Talibaninfo-icon insurgents who had infiltrated Afghan police and army, a senior intelligence official told the Parliament on Wednesday.

"We are trying to figure out how to deal with the infiltration," the acting chief of the National Directorate of Security (NDSinfo-icon), the country's spy service, Rahmatullah Nabeel, told the lower house of the Parliament.

He was summoned by the house along with defence minister Abdul Rahim Wardka and interior minister Bismillah Mohammadi to brief lawmakers on the security transition to Afghan forces from their international counterparts, a process beginning in July.

Nabeel did not provide further details on the recruitment of militants in Afghan forces. His remarks came two days after an Afghan border police officer shot dead two US soldiers in northern Faryab.

The two were among six other US soldiers holding a meeting with border police personnel at a military base in Maimana city, the capital of Faryab province, when the shooting took place, the alliance has said in a statement.

According to Nabeel, the number of anti-government militants was 30,000 to 32,000, affiliated with two major groups.

On the security transition, the intelligence official said Afghan security forces should be trained and equipped well until the transition was completed in 2014. He said 70 percent increase in number of Afghan security forces was expected by that time. He did not provide figures for the current strength of Afghan security forces.

For his part, the defence minister, Abdul Rahim Wardak, said Afghan forces could take over the security responsibility if supported by the people of Afghanistaninfo-icon.

He said foreign soldiers should equip and train Afghan soldiers and hand them over their equipment before leaving the country.

"The number of Afghan army soldiers will increase to 195,000 from the current 155,000 by next year," the defence minister said.

The interior minister, Bismillah Mohammadi, also said training and equipping Afghan police was necessary for improvement in the security situation.

He said the number of Afghan police was currently 125,000, which will be increased to 152,000 in one year time.


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