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Afghan forces capable of protecting country, people: Khalid

Afghan forces capable of protecting country, people: Khalid

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Aug 15, 2019 - 16:33

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Defence Minister Asadullah Khalid on Thursday said Afghan National Defence and Security Forces (ANDS) have the capability to ensure the security of the country and its people in case of foreign forces withdrawal.

Khalid said this during a press conference along with NATOinfo-icon Resolute Support Commander Gen. Miller at a time when US and Talibaninfo-icon have reached a possible peace agreement according to which around 6,000 US troops will leave Afghanistaninfo-icon.

Earlier, Newsweek in its report said that US and NATO forces in Afghanistan had been ordered to reduce or limit its attacks on the Taliban.

Khalid, however, said they heard nothing like this and there was no changed in US and NATO forces coordination and cooperation with Afghan forces.

He said when foreign forces leave Afghanistan, Afghan forces have the capability to ensure security of the country and its people.

He said there is chance of casualties during war, militants have no respect to the law they strikes in cities and explode bombs in crowd.

Regarding night raid in the Zurmat district of Paktia, Khalid said the National Directorate of Security (NDSinfo-icon) conducted the raid and the president ordered investigation.

He added till the evening the primary investigation would be conducted and the concerned officials would be questioned.

Khalid said the casualties of security forces declined this year compared to the past and reason was that small checkpoints were removed and more advanced and powerful bases were installed.

The defence minister claimed with surge in attack the Taliban strived to get more privilege in talks underway in Qatar.

Regarding the activities of Daesh and Alqaeda, Khalid said security forces conducted operations against all militant groups.

He said Daesh suffered heavy losses in the Chapa Dara district of Kunar and this process will continue.

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