An Afghan soldier presents the Afghan flag during a security transition ceremony on Camp Sayar in Farah City, Afghanistan, Dec. 12, 2012. U.S. Navy photo by Lt. j.g. Matthew Stroup
Afghan Army Has Deficiences But It's Getting There, Says Nato General -- The Telegraph
Gen Sir Richard Shirreff, the deputy Nato commander in Europe, has conceded that the Afghan army has “deficiencies and gaps” but said they are now “stepping up to the plate”.
Gen Shirreff admitted soldiers were often 'exasperated' with their Afghan counterparts.
"Yes, there are problems," he said "There is at the same time a degree of exasperation which I wouldn’t in any way want to minimise."
But he said that security is improving and that insider attacks by members of the Afghan security forces are not “deflecting us from our task”.
Gen Shirreff insisted that the Afghans are “increasingly taking on the responsibility” in the country.
“You only have to look back two or three years to see how far they’ve come,” Gen Shirreff told BBC Radio 4’s The World At One. “
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