Army on track for handover
Date : Wednesday 18 April 2012 15:57
The Afghan Defense Ministry says its troop strength is on track to take the lead in securing the country by the end of 2013.
Defense Ministry spokesman Gen. Mohammad Zahir Azimi said on Wednesday that the Afghan Army had already reached its target number of 195,000 troops, which will be part of a 352,000-strong Afghan National Security Force including police and other security forces by the end of this year.
Afghan security forces now number about 330,000 and are to peak at 352,000. They are expected to take over much of the fighting as the U.S. draws down an additional 23,000 troops to 68,000 by the end of September. U.S. troop levels reached a high of about 100,000 last year.
Story Code: 40197
Source : Afghan Voice Agency (AVA), International Service