September 25, 2014
Formation of the Afghan National Army (ANA) and development of the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) were among outing President Hamid Karzai's top priorities during his 13 year presidency. Now as his term comes to an end, Karzai leaves behind his presidential legacy with security forces able to protect the nation despite all challenges.
According to the Ministry of Defense (MoD), if the ANA is provided with necessary arms and weaponries, the forces could be regionally unique. "We can count on the ANA on a regional level," MoD spokesman Zahir Azimi said. "With more investments, the ANA could be unique in the region."
The ANA has conducted at least 6,000 nighttime military operations and has accomplished major military tasks despite the lack of sufficient artillery. "We still have no defending army, it is only an anti-rebel army, it still has long ways to go," military commentator Jawed Kohistani said.
The total number of soldiers serving in the ANA ranks is about 150,000, with an additional 195,000 in the Afghan National Police (ANP) branch. With the new president being inaugurated on Monday, the new government's approach to the ANA's future and development is a major topic of discussion.