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Fighting taking toll on Afghan forces’ training: Gen. Nicholson

Fighting taking toll on Afghan forces’ training: Gen. Nicholson

Apr 05, 2016 - 09:42

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): NATOinfo-icon’s new mission to train Afghan security forces has been put behind schedule by fierce fighting and record casualties, America’s top commander in the country has said.

General John Nicholson said in an interview: "This intense period of combat interfered with the glide slope we were on. The assumptions we made about our timelines, we have to re-look based upon the high casualties they took."

Apart from suffered high casualties, the Afghan forces had to stop training to fight against the insurgents for much of last year, Gen. Nicholson told Reuters. As a result, NATO’s projections in terms of the growth and increasing proficiency of the Afghan army and police were put behind schedule.

A month into his latest assignment, Nicholson will share his appraisal of the conflict in Afghanistaninfo-icon with leaders in Washington in June. He would not comment on his recommendations for future troop levels.

In 2015, the general said, 5,500 Afghan forces were killed in action and more than 14,000 wounded. "This would be an enormous shock for any army, (including) a young army that is still growing. Yet they did not break."

PANinfo-icon Monitor/mud

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