Afghan army lacks specialist capabilities

Only a fraction of troops able to operate independently as NATO withdrawal looms.

    Of the 290 Afghan army battalions, the US military says only 18 are able to operate independently today.

    Coalition advisers, who have increasingly taken a supporting role to the Central Asian nation's security forces, say local forces still lack specialist capabilities like surveillance, aviation, and clearing roads of bombs.

    For many Afghans, as the December 2014 deadline for an international troop withdrawal nears, there is an increasing fear of a breakdown in security when local forces are left to their own devices.

    Bernard Smith reports from Nad Ali in the southern province of Helmand, where he joined one Afghan army unit to see how they operate on their own amid the increasing push to take a leading role in their nation's security.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    John Pilger Q&A: 'US missiles are pointed at China'

    John Pilger Q&A: 'US missiles are pointed at China'

    Journalist John Pilger thinks the US and China might be on the path to war. "My film is a warning," he says.

    Why Jerusalem is not the capital of Israel

    Why Jerusalem is not the capital of Israel

    No country in the world recognises Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

    Sadly but frankly, Donald Trump is not going anywhere

    Sadly but frankly, Donald Trump is not going anywhere

    Trump isn't going to be impeached by this or perhaps any future Congress as currently constituted.