Afghan government to double special forces, triple air force

Salaam Times

KABUL -- The Afghan government plans to double its special forces and triple its air force.

Speaking at the Heart of Asia Conference in Baku, Azerbaijan, Friday (December 1), President Ashraf Ghani praised the achievements of Afghan special forces.

"We Afghans own the fight and have turned the corner. Our special forces – the Kitah Khas and Commandos – have never lost a battle," he said, according to Khaama Press. "They are becoming some of the best special forces in the region," Ghani said.

"I am doubling the size of my Special Security Forces and tripling the size of the air force to defeat the terrorists and further secure the population," he said, without specifying a schedule.

This development comes after the commander of NATO-led forces in Afghanistan, US Gen. John Nicholson, Thursday (November 30) in Kabul said that Afghan special forces were defeating their enemies on the battlefield.

"In the face of this pressure, the Taliban cannot win," Nicholson said, according to TOLOnews. "Their choices are to reconcile, live in irrelevance, or die."

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