Afghan National Security Forces

Latest Afghan National Security Forces Items
  • Karzai edict prompted by reports

    Afghan President Hamid Karzai is calling for all U.S. special operations forces to stop all activity in Wardak province in eastern Afghanistan immediately and leave entirely in two weeks after reports that the troops are "harassing, annoying, torturing and even murdering innocent people," according to an official statement.


  • **FILE** Afghan National Army Lt. Col. Abdul Wakil Warzajy (left), battalion commander, gives orders to soldiers of the First Battalion before they set out on a search and capture mission towards the village of Noor Khiel village, Logar province, eastern Afghanistan. (Associated Press)

    Afghan attacks on allies alarm departing nations

    Western nations preparing to withdraw from combat in Afghanistan increasingly are alarmed by Afghan security forces turning their weapons on allied troops, attacks that the Taliban claim as proof of their sway over local troops.


  • Afghan soldiers at the Chinari outpost and elsewhere in Afghanistan are limited by a lack of equipment needed to do their jobs, yet they say they aren't afraid of the Taliban and expect the fighting to stop once U.S. and NATO forces leave in 2014. Most of the soldiers say they enlisted because they love their country and because the $250 monthly salary offers a way out of poverty. (Associated Press)

    Pentagon: Afghan forces face challenges but 'on track' to take charge

    Training Afghan forces to fend for themselves in the defense of their nation is continually hampered by illiteracy, attrition and a shortage of non-commissioned officers, Pentagon officials said.


  • ** FILE ** U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton (second from right) meets Salahuddin Rabbani during a Civil Society round-table discussion at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Thursday, Oct. 20, 2011. (AP Photo/Kevin Lamarque, Pool)

    Gunman kills Afghan peace council member in Kabul

    An assassin on Sunday shot dead a former high-ranking Taliban official working on reconciling Afghanistan's insurgency with the government, a fresh blow to peace efforts on the day Kabul announced it was gradually taking the lead from the U.S.-led coalition for providing security in much of the country.


  • An Afghan soldier patrols the gate of a military hospital Sunday in Kabul. An assassin earlier in the day fatally shot Arsala Rahmani, a top member of the Afghan peace council and a senator in Parliament. (Associated Press)

    Gunman kills Afghan peace council member in Kabul

    An assassin Sunday fatally shot a former high-ranking Taliban official working on reconciling Afghanistan's insurgency with the government, a fresh blow to peace efforts on the day Kabul announced it was gradually taking the lead from the U.S.-led coalition for providing security in much of the country.


  • Afghanistan's Minister of National Defense Abdul Rahim Wardak meets April 10, 2012, with Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta at the Pentagon. (Associated Press)

    Afghan officials seek patience, funding for war effort

    Afghan officials visiting Washington this week asked the West to have patience with the Afghan war effort.


  • ** FILE ** Afghan policemen walk ahead of the U.S. soldiers with the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) during a foot patrol in Kandahar, south of Kabul, Afghanistan, in this Jan. 7, 2012, file photo. (AP Photo/Allauddin Khan, File)

    Attacks by Afghans on U.S. troops often personal

    Supposedly friendly Afghan security forces have attacked U.S. and coalition troops 45 times since May 2007, U.S. officials say, for the first time laying out details and analysis of attacks that have killed 70 and wounded 110.


  • A U.S. soldier with the NATO led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) walks Jan. 19, 2012, by a damaged vehicle at the scene of a suicide attack in Kandahar south of Kabul, Afghanistan. The attacker blew himself up at an entrance to a sprawling base for U.S. and NATO operations in southern Afghanistan, killing at least six civilians, police said. (Associated Press)

    France mulls early Afghanistan pullout as 4 killed

    France suspended its training operations in Afghanistan and threatened to withdraw its entire force from the country early after an Afghan soldier shot and killed four French troops Friday and wounded 15 others.


  • Illustration: Afghan dove by Greg Groesch for The Washington Times

    HAIDARI: Bonn II: Seeking a secure Afghanistan

    Ten years ago last Monday, the international community and various Afghan parties and factions gathered in Bonn, Germany, to lay the foundation of a permanent democratic government in Afghanistan. That momentous event under the United Nations auspices marked long-awaited international re-engagement in the country, following the fall of the Taliban in 2001.


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