Afghan security forces prepare before leaving for an operation in Chaparhar district of Nangarhar province, Afghanistan May 24, 2017. Picture taken on May 24, 2017. REUTERS/Parwiz
From his sandbagged command post outside the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad, Brigadier General Mohammad Nasim Sangin says he needs more troops and equipment to beat the Taliban and hold on to ground his soldiers take.
But one thing he does not want is foreign troops returning to front-line combat in Afghanistan.
"We know our own country better and we can defeat our enemies ourselves," he says.
"NATO can help Afghan forces with training, they can provide more equipment but we will recruit Afghans."
As U.S. and NATO officials contemplate the way forward in Afghanistan, government soldiers face a resilient enemy and an array of problems from lack of equipment, poor leadership, political interference and chronic corruption.
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Afghanistan War News Updates -- June 5, 2017
Aftermath of bloody Afghan blasts stokes government tensions -- Reuters
Afghan Intelligence Arrests 'Would-Be Suicide Bomber' As Kabul Protest Continues -- RFE
Afghan intelligence release new findings about Kabul funeral bombing -- Khaama Press
Kabul funeral suicide bombers trained in Pakistan, Afghan intelligence says -- Long War Journal
ISIS leaders among 22 killed in airstrikes, ground operations in East of Afghanistan -- Khaama Press
Taliban Vows Revenge As Kabul Eyes Prisoner Executions Over Bombing -- VOA
Afghan Peace Conference Comes Amid Rising Terror, Political Tensions -- VOA
A week after Kabul bombing, Afghanistan gets ready for multi-national peace conference tomorrow -- First Post/AFP
German Foreign Minister Gabriel calls for peace talks with Taliban -- DW
People in Kabul 'have had enough' (Audio) -- BBC
‘How can 3,000 US troops help Afghanistan if 100,000 US troops couldn’t?’ -- RT