Afghans Take Over Security Duties From NATO

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Afghans Take Over Security Duties From NATO


As per reports released on June 18,
2013, NATO has handed over security duties for entire Afghanistan to the Afghan forces. This marks a major milestone ahead of the pull-out of US-led NATO forces from the country by the end of
2014. At a ceremony in Kabul, Afghan President Mr. Hamid Karzai announced the commencement of the fifth and final phase of the security transition.
Around 65,000 American troops within the ranks of NATO are still present in Afghanistan. However, their intervention in direct combat situations has gone down significantly. NATO Secretary-General Mr. Anders Fogh Rasmussen said that the main effort of NATO forces was shifting from combat to support. He said that NATO forces would assist Afghan troops “if needed”, but would “no longer plan, execute or lead those operations”.
The commencement of the final phase of transition, however, appeared to only have made the Afghan situation more grim. Analysts said that the Afghan forces, which will now take over the remaining 95 districts from the Western military alliance, were already suffering heavy casualties in their combat with the Taliban, because NATO forces have drastically scaled down their back-up support.

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  Afghan forces are already suffering heavy casualties in their combat with the Taliban, because NATO forces have drastically scaled down their back-up support.
★ NATO has handed over security duties for entire Afghanistan to the Afghan forces.
★ Around 65,000 American troops within the ranks of NATO are still present in Afghanistan.
★ However, their intervention in direct combat situations has gone down.

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