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Afghan security forces may assume the leadership of night raids: Defense Ministry

Thu Dec 01, 1:31 pm

Afghan government is trying to assume the leadership of night raids against the rebels, officials of defense ministry said.

Defense ministry spokesperson Gen. Zahir Azimi said that they have started discussion with ISAF in this regard and expressed hope that they will achieve positive output soon.

The killing of civilians in night raids, led by international troops is a controversial issue between Kabul and Washington and sometimes led to strained relations between both states.

ISAF spokesperson General Christen Jacobson emphasized on the importance of night’s raids to counter terrorism and said that they are also trying to continue night’s raid in coordination with Afghan security forces.

Currently 95% night operations are carried out in coordination with Afghan forces and we are trying handover the leadership of night operations to Afghan forces soon, Jacobson said.

Defense ministry report about implementation of about thirty independent and joint operations of Afghan and NATO forces in various parts of the country.

Gen. Azimi called these operations effective and said that these operations may improve the security situation in country.

The second phase of security transition from international troops to Afghan security forces will begin from Thursday, Azimi added.

We can say with confidence that Afghan Army and Afghan security forces have the capabilities to end this process with dignity. The high threats areas are considered so that the Northern, Southern, Eastern and Western regions of country can be observed.

Nimroz, Dai Kundi, Samangan, Takhar, Balkh, Parwan, Herat (excluding Sheendan, Obee and Chasht districts), Capital of Ghazni province, Jalalabad city, Maiden Shar, Chagcheran, Shabarghan, Nadali, Narai and Marja districts of Helmand province, Qarghai district of Laghman province, Sarobi district of Kabul, and five districts of Badakhshan districts are the regions whose security responsibilities will be handed to Afghan forces during second phase of security transition process.

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