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Head of Afghan Training Mission speaks of progress

August 3, 2011

Territorial Army Colour Sergeant Kevin Tester, The London Regiment, uses a model in the sand to instruct Afghan National Army (ANA) trainers in how to deliver a set of orders during an operation. Colour Sergeant Tester is part of a five-person British mentoring team responsible for advising an ANA team that provides advanced courses for Afghan junior non-commissioned officers in training [Picture: Master Sergeant Christopher DeWitt, US Air Force/ISAF 2011] Lieutenant General William B Caldwell, the Commander of the NATO Training Mission – Afghanistan (NTM-A), has spoken of the progress being made in training the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF), and the plans to develop leadership within them.

In an interview with journalist Zeinab Badawi for BBC News's HARDtalk television programme, which aired earlier this week, General Caldwell, speaking from Kabul, said he was initially shocked by the lack of ability shown by Afghan recruits when he took up his current post in 2009, but that there had been a vast improvement since then.

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BBC iPlayer: HARDtalk – William Caldwell, Commander, NATO Training Misson – Afghanistan (available until 1 August 2012)

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