Mon, 04 Jul 2022

The top U.S. and NATO commander in Afghanistan says basic leadership failures in many Afghan police and military units have resulted in higher casualty tolls among Afghan troops.

U.S. Army General John Nicholson made the remark to reporters in Kabul on October 23 as Afghan forces neared the end of their second year in charge of security across the country.

Nicholson said street-level Afghan troops were performing as best they could, but were frequently vulnerable because Afghan commanders sometimes didn't provide them with basic supplies needed to fight Taliban militants and the so-called Islamic State (IS).

Nicholson said 'young police officers who are out dying on the checkpoints don't always have enough food, or water, or ammunition and their leader may not be with them.'

He said problems were primarily within the command of the Afghan National Police but also existed, to a lesser extent, within the Afghan National Army.

Based on reporting by AFP and BBC

Copyright (c) 2014. RFE/RL, Inc. Republished with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave NW, Ste 400, Washington DC 20036

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