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An Afghan National Army (ANA) special forces candidate participates in a specialized training on weaponry at the School of Excellence in Kabul on April 19, 2014. The school trains and equips ANA special forces and commando candidates with advanced military skills to enhance the ANA's elite fighting forces. The ANA will soon be responsible for taking over military operations once NATO troops withdraw from Afghanistan this December. (Photo by Valerie Plesch/Special to The Washington Times)

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Afghan National Army (ANA) commando candidates line up at the shooting range at the School of Excellence. Critics are questioning their ability to battle a resurgent Taliban. (photographs by valerie plesch/special to the washington times)

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Major Gen. Sayed Malouk, the Afghan National Army's 215th Corps commander, looks beyond the perimeter of Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan, Oct. 27, 2014. The United States Marine Corps ended their operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan, and transferred the base to the ANA.

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Brigadier Gen. Daniel D. Yoo, commanding general, Marine Expeditionary Brigade – Afghanistan, speaks with Maj. Gen. Sayed Malouk, the commander of the Afghan National Army’s 215th Corps, about the perimeter of Camp Leatherneck, Oct. 27, 2014. The United States Marine Corps ended their operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan, and transferred the base to the ANA.

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Major Gen. Sayed Malouk, the commander of the Afghan National Army's 215th Corps, speaks with one of his soldiers as he assumes watch on a tower of the Camp Leatherneck perimeter, Oct. 27, 2014. The United States Marine Corps ended their operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan, and transferred the base to the ANA.

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Brigadier Gen. Daniel D. Yoo, commanding general, Marine Expeditionary Brigade; Afghanistan, waves goodbye to Maj. Gen. Sayed Malouk, the Afghan National Army's 215th Corps commander, prior to departing Helmand province, Oct. 27, 2014. The United States Marine Corps ended their operations in southwestern Afghanistan and transferred the base to the ANA.

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An Afghan National Army soldier with the 215th Corps walks upstairs to a guard tower on the perimeter of Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan, Oct. 27, 2014. The United States Marine Corps ended their operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan, and transferred the base to the ANA.

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Brigadier Gen. Daniel D. Yoo, commanding general, Marine Expeditionary Brigade – Afghanistan, speaks with Maj. Gen. Sayed Malouk, the commander of the Afghan National Army’s 215th Corps, about the perimeter of Camp Leatherneck, Oct. 27, 2014. The United States Marine Corps ended their operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan, and transferred the base to the ANA.

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An Afghan National Army soldier fires blanks with a belt-fed machine gun as other soldiers observe the training exercise. One Army officer who has had tours of duty in Afghanistan said, "When we leave, the ANA will scatter like leaves in a stiff breeze."

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An Afghan National Army helicopter flies over soldiers during a military training exercise at Kabul Military Training Center. The Pentagon's most recent progress report on Afghanistan in April said the Afghan National Army, first conceived in 2002, remains unable to sustain itself more than several days in the field. (Associated Press photographs)

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LAST LINE OF DEFENSE: Afghan National Army forces are not ready to rebuff an expected Taliban offensive, on its own, once all American troops leave after 2016, according to reports from U.S. Green Berets. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

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Marine Staff Sgt. David Denseley (center) from Salt Lake City helps members of the Afghan National Army clean out the bore of a 60 mm mortar at a mortar range in Helmand province. (U.S. Marine Corps)