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Afghanistan rejects 25% of Afghan forces are Taliban

Aug 11 2014 

The Ministry of Defense of Afghanistan (MoD) rejected reports which suggests that 25% of the Afghan security forces are Taliban and al Qaeda operatives. Defense Ministry spokesman, Gen. Zahir Azimi, said Monday that reports are completely baseless and called such reports as ridiculous. 

The remarks by defense officials comes as US military intelligence expressed concerns regarding the infiltration of militants among the Afghan security forces. US officials fear as much as 25% of Afghan security forces are Taliban or al Qaeda operatives and sympathizers which means we may be arming and training an army of some 87,500 enemy infiltrators, the New York Post reported. 

The concerns were followed after an Afghan national army soldier opened fire on Afghan and coalition forces inside a military academy in capital Kabul, leaving a US army general dead and several others including Afghan army officers injured. 

The officials also expressed concerns regarding the massive infiltration which puts the entire Afghanistan exit strategy at risk, as the compromised Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) takes over the country’s security on Jan. 1, 2015. 

Te identity of the assailant soldier was disclosed by the Ministry of Defense, who was recognized as 27-year-old Mohammad Rafiqullah, who joined the Afghan army more than two years ago.