KABUL, Jan. 28 (Xinhua) -- The Afghan Defense Ministry has formed a new Corps in efforts to ensure security in the southern restive Helmand province, a hotbed of Taliban militants, and neighboring areas, an official said Thursday.
"With the formation of Corps 215 Maiwand, 80 percent of security problems in Helmand province would be solved," commander of the newly formed military Corps, General Sayed Mallok told reporters at the graduation ceremony of officers here in Kabul.
The priority of the newly formed Corps is to protect security in Helmand and the neighboring provinces, he further said.
The Corps 215 Maiwand will cover all parts of Helmand, half of Farah and most parts of southwestern Nimroz province, the official emphasized.
Currently the strength of Afghanistan National Army (ANA) is 95, 000 and the government is trying to boost it up to 134,000 by 2011.