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Afghans a potent strike force: British commander

Afghans a potent strike force: British commander

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Jun 21, 2012 - 11:41

WASHINGTON (PANinfo-icon): A top British military commander based in Afghanistaninfo-icon had rated highly about Afghan security forces capability in conducting operations against the enemy and said the transition is on track. 

    

 “The Afghans are more than capable and more than content to deal with operations entirely dependent on their own capabilities,”the International Security Assistance Force (ISAFinfo-icon)  Strategic Transition Group Brigadier General Richard Cripwell, told Pentagon reporters during a video conference.

“I am fortunate enough to work with the army and the police every day and to see them all over the country. The responsibility for leading security is not one they take lightly, but it is one that they relish,” he said.

They are growing in capability all the time and their confidence in themselves growing exponentially.

During recent high-profile incidents across Afghanistan, the Afghan National Security Forces have taken leading roles and responded aggressively, with little or no coalition support.

Cripwell said Afghan forces are not only doing better than expected but are also surprising themselves with their capabilities.

“It's not simply an ability to deal with high-profile attacks. The fact remains the Afghans are out dealing with incidents of all sorts every day. Their ability to plan and conduct operations is improving all the time,” he said.

“They are now routinely, for example, planning and conducting brigade operations around the country. This is very serious soldiering and it's a significant achievement on their part to have come this far in the time that they have,” Cripwell said in response to a question.

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