Heavy Blows On Armed Opposition Has Taken Their Combat Ability, Spokesperson

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Wednesday November 21, 2012
Kabul (BNA) The spokesperson of defense Ministry has said that the casualties of the national army in the first seven months of this year has reached 830 persons and compared to the last indicated a one percent increase.
He added that the issue of transition of security responsibility is a priority of the ministry and the third phase of the transition will end soon.
As a result 75% of the Afghan population would be covered.
The areas where transition of security is implemented have better security condition.
Last year, he added that 80% of operations were organized and planned under the leadership and cooperation of national army of Afghanistan.
The national army and the Afghan security forces are prepared to undertake security responsibility till the end of 2013.
He added that there will be no security threats after 2014 and that all security will be ensured by the Afghan security forces.
He stressed that till time the security forces of the country will reach up to 350,000 and we have adequate equipment, facilities and training for ensuring security in the country.
The problem in respect to the air forces, heavy arms and others is related to the domestic security.
We are engaged with the international community for meeting our shortcomings in areas of equipment and till 2014 we shall attain better combat abilities and more equipment.
The international community has pledged provision of USD 4.1 aid to Afghanistan after 2014 at the Chicago conference.
Most importantly, the people of Afghanistan are supporting the security forces of Afghanistan especially the national army, so there is no concern in this respect.
The opposition has been sustained heavy blows and their pillars have been badly damaged losing the ability to face the national army and they are merely focusing on explosions and suicide attacks.
For this very reason efforts are made for disruption of security in insecure and less populated regions.
The enemies exerted efforts in the past months to bring under controls the regions like Kandahar, Helmand and other such regions but they failed to achieve their attempts.
General Azimi added that the security situation of the past three months of 1390 indicates 13% of improvements.
Currently 17 independent operation led by the Afghan army are in progress in the country.
The number of martyrs of the national army in the past 7 months is 830 indicating a daily loss of 3.7%.
The number of martyrs in the 7 months of 1390 was 568 indicated daily loss of 2.7% and current year’s casualties indicates 1% increase.
He noted that almost 85% of casualties of the national army of street mine explosions.
He noted that the minister of defense is engaged in assessing his work priorities and undoubtedly upgrading the leadership capacities, improving of professional quality, struggle against corruption and creation of transparency are some of the priorities that will be announced in the near future.
A commission composed of the generals are assessing the capacities of the commanders set the levels of army corpses, battalions and units and efforts are going on to bring about basic changes for increasing the abilities of the national army.

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