Afghanistan special forces trained to replace US forces   2011-05-11 14:05:37 FeedbackRSS

BEIJING, May 11 (Xinhuanet) -- In Afghanistan, its National Commandos and Special Operation Forces are engaged in special training sessions under US supervision. They are expected to take over the security and operational responsibilities from international forces in the coming months.

This is the training field outside Kabul. These Afghan commandos are engaging in combat training. The country's security in the future will rely on them.

Officials say the training program started three years ago. The US has provided Afghan Commandos with good training and modern equipment. Afghan officials believe they will be able to handle independent operations on their own.

Lt. Colonel Mohmand Zabihullah, 1st Battalion, Afghan Special Forces, said, "Our Special Forces are a brand new unit right now in Afghanistan. We need to see how long does it take that we can operate without Americans."

The commandos will also form the base of an Afghan special operations command to be established in the next few months.

After the killing of Osama bin Laden, US President Barack Obama said US forces will start transferring responsibility for security to Afghan forces in the coming months. He repeated his pledge to start withdrawing US forces from Afghanistan this summer.

There will still be 20 to 30-thousand US forces on the ground by the end of 2014, when the Afghans are supposed to be "in the lead" of the fight.


Special Report: Afghanistan Situation

Editor: Yang Lina
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