[QODLink]
People & Power

Marching to war

Filmmaker John D McHugh follows the Afghan army as it prepares to take over responsibility for the country's security.
Last Modified: 16 Dec 2012 14:45

Marching to war from John D McHugh on Vimeo.

For years the US has been saying that a strong and independent Afghan National Army (ANA) is the key to any exit strategy for the coalition. But the ANA has been plagued with problems, and it is very doubtful if it can indeed remain a cohesive and functioning army after it loses the support of the NATO/ISAF assistance mission. While the Afghan soldiers' bravery is not in question, their almost total lack of equipment, air support, Medevac, intelligence gathering, logistics, maintenance, and many other areas are cause for grave concern. But Barack Obama, the US president, has said the timetable for US withdrawal is "irreversible." And so, ready or not, the Afghan army marches inexorably to war.

Click here to watch Afghanistan: An Army Prepares

144

Source:
Al Jazeera
Topics in this article
People
Country
Organisation
Featured on Al Jazeera
Italy struggles to deal with growing flood of migrants willing to risk their lives to reach the nearest European shores.
Israel's Operation Protective Edge is the third major offensive on the Gaza Strip in six years.
Muslims and Arabs in the US say they face discrimination in many areas of life, 13 years after the 9/11 attacks.
At one UN site alone, approximately four children below the age of five are dying each day.
Featured
As Snowden awaits Russian visa renewal, the world mulls role of NSA and expects more revelations from document trove.
A handful of agencies that provide tours to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea say business is growing.
A political power struggle masquerading as religious strife grips Nigeria - with mixed-faith couples paying the price.
The current surge in undocumented child migrants from Central America has galvanized US anti-immigration groups.
Absenteeism among doctors at government hospitals is rife, prompting innovative efforts to ensure they turn up for work.
join our mailing list