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Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Kabul (BNA) President Hamid Karzai opened the first academic term of the National Military Academy of Afghanistan in presence of Philip Homand British Defense Minister in Kabul.
At the ceremony held at the hall of the national defense university of Afghanistan President Karzai said that I am pleased that we are taking another firm step towards upgrading further defensive abilities of the country and this is an official opening of the academy for training of officers of the national army of Afghanistan established with the support of the British government.
While thanking for British cooperation, he added that today I am opening this academy and I am sure that if our officers make utmost use of the British aid, we will have trained, educated, informed and professional officers.
He added that if the military skills joined with the bravery of Afghans, we can have unique army in the world.
Addressing the officers of the national army the president said that they should make positive use of this opportunity for education of the youths of Afghanistan.
He attributed the factors behind our difficulties and backwards in the history not due to lack of our bravery and sacrifices towards the homeland but we are the bravest people in the world and this has been proved by the history.
He noted that the step we are taking today and if we make better use of this God willing we can better shape our activities in the future. He addressed the young officers of the national army that soon the time will reach that you will graduate from this academy, move ahead, promote and ultimately you will train other officers and at that time not only we will stand on our feet but Afghanistan will become the strongest nation in the world. I see a strong Afghanistan in your faces indeed.
The British Defense Minister also spoke at this ceremony saying that as a result of long-term cooperation between the national army of Afghanistan, the British and other allied countries such as Australia, Denmark, New Zealand and Norway this academy was created with the world standards.
He added that this academy will train the future generation officers of the national army of Afghanistan and he is pleased that the first group of officers is starting their education here.
Addressing the Afghan national officers he noted that you are the future leaders of the national army of Afghanistan and you have joined this sacred profession having historical and traditional importance, you are taking the first steps towards serving your people.
He stressed that this academy has been founded similar to the Saint Horst of Britain where you will receive military education in the world standards and you can take the lesson of leadership importance, self-confidence and discipline and you will be a good example for your soldiers.
He expressed the hope that this academy will remain for you as an historical legacy for our common sacrifices.
General Besmellah Mohammadi Minister of National Defense also spoke and called founding of the academy a positive and timely step of the government of Afghanistan aimed at strengthening and consolidation of security forces.
He added that he believes that creation of this academy in affiliation with the British Saint Horst academy will serve development of combat abilities of officers and self-sufficiency of Afghanistan in this sphere.
Another speaker at the ceremony was General Karimullah Commander of the academy saying that it has been built at a cost of USD287 million and it has the capacity of 7,000 students.
At the end of the ceremony President Karzai met with the British Defense Minister at the academy headquarters as well.
At this meeting President Karzai thanked the British government for its assistance in different spheres in Afghanistan especially in training of the national army officers.
The President considered learning of English language a need of the students and emphasized on its teaching at this academy.
He noted that most of the Afghan defense academy teachers are graduates of the Saint Horst academy of Britain and India asking the British Defense Minister to facilitate increase in the number of Afghan officers at the Saint Horst academy with joint expenses of Afghanistan and Britain.
It should be mentioned that the agreement for establishment of the academy with the assistance of Britain was signed last year between British Prime Minister and President Karzai during Cameron’s visit to Kabul.
The students will receive training by the British Saint Horst academy of Britain that is the most important military academy in the world and it is expected construction of the academy will finish in another one year.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Pul-e-Khomri (BNA) Twenty-six weapons were handed over to arms collection commission in Baghlan province yesterday.
Colonel Asadullah Shirzad police chief of Baghlan said BNA, a rocket, a mortar and several pistols which were seized by security forces from Andarab, Dahan-e-Ghoori and Baghlan Markazi districts handed over to arms collection commission of that province.
Shirzad added during the current year, 88 weapons have been handed over by Baghlan security directorate to arms collection commission in that province. 
T. Suraya-Yarzada

Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Kabul (BNA) The national army forces carried out an operation under the code name of Oqab113 (Eagle 113) in the relevant areas of Gereshk district of Helmand province.
Defense ministry spokesman said BNA, a number of armed oppositions were killed and arrested and a depot of medicine and a vehicle were put on fire.
Also the national army forces conducting a cleansing operation in Arghandab district of Kandahar province arrested two armed oppositions along with a pistol and a set of communication.
According to another report, two national army troops were martyred and two others wounded in explosion of mines planted by armed insurgents in Waez district of Ghazni province and Tagab district of Kapisa province. 
T. Suraya-Yarzada

Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Kabul (BNA) Tthe security forces succeeded to seize ten rockets from outskirts of Kabul city the other day.
Interior ministry press office said BNA, the security forces launching an operation in the outskirts of Soroobi district, seized ten rockets from Wochghar region.
According to the source, the rockets were prepared by armed Taliban to fire on residential and military places.
According to another report, police arrested a person accused of theft from 2nd precinct of Kabul city. 
T. Suraya-Yarzada