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NATO praises ANDSF bravery in fight against militants

NATO praises ANDSF bravery in fight against militants

Jul 30, 2017 - 09:55

KABUL (Pajhwok): The NATO Resolute Support (RS) has hailed the bravery and skill of Afghan National Defence Security Forces (ANDSF) in regaining grounds temporally captured by the Taliban recently.

NATO spokesman Bill Salvin during an exclusive interview with Pajhwok Afghan News said the Afghan security forces faced a patient, determined and ruthless enemy who did not make difference between civilian and military targets.

When asked about Russian support to the Taliban, Salvin said NATO wanted Russian to play constructive role in Afghan peace and reconciliation process.

He said Moscow should support the Afghan National Unity Government (ANUG), a legitimate body representing the people of Afghanistan, in bring peace to the war-torn country.

The NATO spokesman said armed support to the Taliban by any country was against international law. Earlier a report in the CNN said the Russian provided weapons to the Taliban.

Salvin assured NATO full support to ANDSF and said they would continue their training, advice and assistance support to the Afghan forces.

The NATO spokesman said the Taliban only controlled the area where 11 percent population of Afghans lived. He claimed Afghan security forces control of territory was home to 66 percent of Afghanistan’s population, while 23 percent was contested.

Salvin hailed the success of the Afghan Air Force as a great achievement and something that the Afghan people could be very proud of.

The AAF has conducted more than 1,000 air strikes this year and provided critical support to ANDSF troops on the ground, he noted.

“In fact, just this last week, the AAF conducted 100% of the strikes to support the ANDSF operation to retake the Taywara District in Ghor Province. Those strikes were planned, coordinated and executed 100% by the Afghan Air Force.

Again, this is a major achievement and a demonstration of the growing capability that the Air Force was providing the nation.