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Afghan forces need more training, equipment: White House

Afghan forces need more training, equipment: White House

Feb 03, 2016 - 09:49

WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): Commenting on the latest spike Talibanattacks, the White House on Tuesday said additional training and equipment for Afghan national security forces were needed.

“That is the first pillar of the ongoing mission of US and NATOinfo-icon troops that are still in Afghanistaninfo-icon,” White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest told reporters at his daily news conference.

“But the second thing it illustrates is #the commitment that the Afghan forces have to fighting for their country. That’s a good thing, and that bodes well for their long-term ability to fight extremists and eventually secure their country,” he said.

He condemned the act of violence in Afghanistan on Monday, saying police officers trying to keep peace in their city were the apparent target. “Obviously, our thoughts and prayers are with the families of those who were killed in this attack.”

The attack was the latest illustration of how Afghanistan continued to be a dangerous place, he said, calling the security challenges in that country significant, particularly consideringassaults on police officers.

Earnest said the Obama administration and NATO allies remained committed to standing with the Afghan people and forces as they took full responsibility for the security situation in their own country.

“That was a responsibility that they assumed a little over a year ago, and it has proved to be a challenging task. Afghanistan is a big country, and there are extremists with a lot of skill that have sought to take the fight to those security forces,” he said.


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