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US strategy to bring 80pc territory under Afghan control: Ghani

US strategy to bring 80pc territory under Afghan control: Ghani

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Sep 21, 2017 - 17:42

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani has said the United States four-year security plan would help the Afghan government bring under its control 80 percent of the country’s territory, a media report said on Thursday.

"The four year plan involves the goal of really bringing 80 percent of the territory of the country under control," Ghani told National Public Radio in an interview that aired Thursday, according a Associated Press (AP) report.

The Afghan leader said the US strategy was three-fold --- double the size of the Afghan commando force and elevating it from a division to a corps command, bolster Afghanistaninfo-icon's military airpower and overhaul military leadership as part of broader reform of the Afghan security forces.

Ghani stressed that US troops will continue to advise, assist and train Afghan forces and will not return to a combat role.

"We have six ground army corps commands in various parts of Afghanistan," Ghani said. "The advisers will be working now at the division level to make sure that the systems processes are there.”

"We ourselves are changing management and leadership. Our minister of defense is under 40. A new generation is taking over," he said, adding that older generals are being honorably retired. "The overhaul of the security forces is proceeding very well. It's on course."

US President Donald Trump has so far offered few specifics of his plan for Afghanistan where the Talibaninfo-icon currently hold sway in nearly 50 percent of the country, the Associated Press (AP) said.

Trump has said that he doesn't want to discuss military tactics, timetables or troop numbers, although senior officials have said the president' plan involves sending up to 3,900 more US troops on top of the roughly 8,400 Americans currently here.

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