Sunday, February 25, 2018

Afghan Security News

ANP conduct training in Bamyan province (March 2012).

Origins of the AAF. The Afghan Air Force has been around for a long time. Read how the Afghan Air Force bought 16 Italian Ro. 37 Bis airplanes in 1937 in "The Airplane", Ambasciata d'Italia, February 2018.

Afghan Society Contributes to Insecurity. Nafay Choudhury, a research fellow at the Afghan Institute for Strategic Studies in Kabul, says that structural conditions in Afghan society contribute to insecurity. Read more in "The Kabul Hotel Attack: Moving Beyond the Blame Game", The Diplomat, February 23, 2018.

SOJTF-A Cdr visits 7th SFGA. The commander of the Special Operations Joint Task Force - Afghanistan, Major General James Linder, visited 7th Special Forces Group to present medals of valor. The 7th SFGA has lost 45 soldiers in Afghanistan since 2001. Read "U.S. still faces 'long, hard fight' in Afghanistan", NWF Daily News, February 23, 2018.

New Militia Force. The Afghan Ministry of Defense (MoD) has announced the formation of a 36,000 man militia force. (VOA, Feb 22, 2018).

Lithuanian SOF Deploying to Afghanistan. Lithuania is increasing its contribution to NATO's Resolute Support Mission with the deployment of elements of its special operations forces.

20 ANA Killed Feb 23rd. The Taliban conducted a nighttime raid on an Afghan military base in Bala Baluk district in the western province of Farah killing more than 20 soldiers. The insurgents overran the base capturing weapons, vehicles, and equipment. Security in Farah province has deteriorated in the past two years. (FDD's Long War Journal, Feb 24, 2018).

NMU's Female Foundation Course. The Afghan General Command of Police Special Units (GCPSU) has established a special police course designed specifically for female police officers who will serve with the MoI's National Mission Units (NMU). Read more about this in "Female Foundation Course a milestone for Afghan Special Police", NSOCC-A, February 22, 2018.

New GCPSU Officers. There are now 35 newly qualified Afghan police officers who recently graduated from the 8-wk GCPSU Special Operators Course at the Special Police Training Center in Logar province, Afghanistan. Graduates heading to CRU 222, CF 333, & ATF 444 of ASSF.

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