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“The force is designed according to the threat, and the threat here is an insurgency. The design of the ANSF is appropriate to counter that threat,” said German Gen. Hans-Lothar Domrose, the commander of the NATO force that oversees ISAF.

The Afghans, on the other hand, want battle tanks and modern fighter jets — which they are unlikely to get, given the cost and the training required to use them.

The war already proved very costly

John Sopko, U.S. special inspector general for Afghan reconstruction, last April estimated that the ANSF so far has cost the American taxpayer $54 billion. The overall cost of the war is more difficult to estimate, but for America alone the Center for Strategic and International Studies has put the price at about $650 billion through the end of 2013.