London: Afghan forces not fully developed

Sept. 13, 2013 at 11:47 AM
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LONDON, Sept. 13 (UPI) -- The capabilities of the Afghan military are not yet fully developed nor are they sustainable, a monthly report from the British government said.

The British Foreign Ministry publishes a monthly progress report for Afghan operations. British Foreign Secretary William Hague said Friday key steps were made on the political front as the country looks forward to presidential elections in 2014.

"Afghan reporting indicated a significant reduction in violence levels throughout July and the start of August compared to the same period in 2012," he said in a statement.

International forces operating in Afghanistan are transitioning from a combat to an advisory role. Hague's report said the Afghan military was able to respond to most security incidents with "limited" support.

"It has managed largely to keep the insurgency out of the protected communities, with the majority of violence now taking place away from populated areas," his report said.

Hague's report said there were lingering doubts about the abilities of the Afghan military.

"Afghan national security force capabilities are not yet fully developed or completely sustainable," the report said.

Two Afghan policemen and a security guard were killed in a Taliban attack Friday on the U.S. consulate in the western city of Herat. Seven of the attackers were killed in the gun battle that followed a truck bomb explosion, the BBC reported. No Americans were injured.

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