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Nationwide ‘Operation Shafaq’ has been launched

Nationwide ‘Operation Shafaq’ has been launched

Mar 22, 2016 - 17:21

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): A batch of another 2,000 soldiers completed their training at the Kabul Military Training Centre (KMTC) on Tuesday.

Addressing the graduation ceremony, Chief of Army Staff Gen. Qadam Shah Shaheem said a new nationwide operation codenamed “Shafaq” for 1395 New Year had been launched and the offensive would have effective results because the Afghan security forces had learnt a lot from last year’s “Operation Zafar”.

He said the 1394 solar yearinfo-icon, which ended on March 21, was a test case for the Afghan security forces who experienced some troubles, but were able to frustrate the enemy’s designs

He said the rebels last year wanted to overrun some provinces after foreign forces’ departure, but they were unable to do so.

The army chief said the capital of northern Kunduz province fell to insurgents for a few days in 1394 before they were driven from the city by governmental forces.

At least 1,200 soldiers and 800 sergeants were graduated on Tuesday from the KMTC, Gen. Shaheem said.

Addressing the graduates, the army chief said they enjoyed political, social and international support and had have a large number of combat aircrafts.

He also said the international community had pledged financial and technical assistance to the Afghan forces till 2020.

KMTC Commander Brig. Gen. Aminullah Patyani said the newly graduated soldiers were ready to serve in every part of the country. The graduates completed two and a half months training, he added.

He told the graduates that their success lied in treating people and colleagues nicely.

Ihsanullah, one of the graduates, told Pajhwok Afghan News that Afghanistaninfo-icon was his house and he was ready to defend the country even at the cost of his life.

He said he learned military tactics and using different light and heavy weapons during the training.


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