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Sunday, January 26, 2014
Can the ANSF Hold Back the Taliban during Elections?
A big question on everyone's mind is whether or not the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) can provide security for the 6,000 plus voting polls located across the country. A recent report by the Ministry of Interior and Ministry of Defense states that the ANSF will be able to secure 95% of the polling stations. Other outside observers are not so optimistic. A key component of the security system working is the integration of the Afghan National Army (ANA), Afghan National Police (ANP), National Directorate of Security (NDS), and other security organizations working together to secure the election. One integral part of the coordination will take place at the Operational Coordination Centers (OCCs) located at the regional and provincial levels. Read more about election security in "As Taliban steps up attacks, can Afghanistan hold peaceful national polls?", Christian Science Monitor Security Watch, January 21, 2014.