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Nearing transition: Insurgents weaken, ANSF grows in strength and numbers

June 14, 2011

Insurgent attacks have made headlines this week, but International Security Assistance Forces (ISAF) and NATO spokesmen stated insurgents are losing capability and solidifying Afghan and coalition forces’ upper hand as the beginning of the transition approaches.

Insurgent attacks have made headlines this week, but International Security Assistance Forces and NATO spokesmen stated insurgents are losing capability and solidifying Afghan and coalition forces’ upper hand as the beginning of the transition approaches.

Afghan Commandos assigned to the 8th Commando Kandak search through shops in the Deh Baba Bazaar for contraband drugs and weapons during an operation in Kajaki village. Photo: Staff Sgt Ryan Whitney USAF/ISAF Media

Transition will begin in July and Afghan National Security Forces have executed several successful missions partnered with ISAF demonstrating their readiness to take on a larger role, said German Army Brig. Gen. Josef Blotz, ISAF spokesman, at a press conference held in Kabul today.

“We are confident in a complete transition by 2014,” said Dominic Medley, NATO senior civilian representative.

The Afghan and coalition forces continued to suppress the insurgents this past week with multiple seizures of drug caches, which insurgents use as a source of funding their attacks, said Blotz.

One seizure consisted of 1,650 pounds of wet opium and 24,000 pounds of chemicals used to produce narcotics.

The rest of this story is available on the ISAF in Afghanistan website by clicking HERE, or on the image above.

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  1. Shadowman permalink
    June 15, 2011 05:12

    Good stuff! Good to see the size (and capability) of the Afghan forces steadily going up. It is particularly good to see the number of Afghan Special Forces at 11,000. If that can be increased even further (to around 15-20,000), that would make a really good-sized Special Ops force. The ANCOP (Civil Order Police) seem to be at or close to special-forces capability as well.

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