New recruits to the Afghan army Special Forces have their lunch after take part in a military demonstration in Rishkhur district outside Kabul, Afghanistan February 25, 2017. REUTERS/Omar Sobhani
Reuters: Exclusive: Afghans plan to double special forces from 17,000 as threats grow - sources
Afghanistan plans to double the number of elite special forces from 17,000 troops, officials said, part of a long-term strategy to bolster units stretched and exhausted by persistent attacks from Taliban insurgents and other Islamist militants.
Special forces, who represent a small fraction of the 300,000-strong armed forces, have been carrying out nearly 70 percent of the army's offensive operations across the country, underlining Afghanistan's heavy reliance on them.
While regular forces, including police, are deployed largely to defend positions, special forces are taking the battle to militants from Kunduz in the north to Helmand in the south, sometimes working in tandem with U.S. counterparts.
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WNU Editor: The Afghan military is going to need more than just a few thousand extra special forces to battle the Taliban .... they need an effective army and an entirely different military and political strategy to defeat the Taliban..