This is the Afghan National Army in action.
They’ve recently received brand new armoured security vehicles or ASVs, thanks to a donation
from the US. In today’s exercise, soldiers at the Kabul
Military Training Centre are learning how to use the ASVs to fight the Taliban.
Fellow soldiers pretending to be the Taliban start to move up a dry river bed.
The Afghan infantry forces wait for the right moment before the ASVs move to engage from
above the hill. As the battle continues infantry soldiers
dismount and assault the Taliban with the support of the ASVs firing from above the
hill. After defeating the Taliban the soldiers search
for suicide jackets and identification cards. Out of seven battalions, this is the third
to go through this type of intense training. Lt Colonel Mohammad Rahmat Qayum, the training
commander at the armour school, says those battalions deployed to fight the Taliban in
reality are benefitting from the new vehicles. “Our battalions are very strong and the
enemies are not able to face them.” With their mission complete the soldiers move
on to practice their skills fighting with the vehicles in open ground.
Afghanistan’s national army grows and develops every day with the continued support and mentoring
of ISAF and the international community. But, Lt Colonel Qayum says that they believe they
are already prepared to take full responsibility of their country independently after 2014.
“The Afghan National Army now has the capability to defend their country and eliminate the
insurgents. We are not worried if the foreigners leave because we can independently defend
our country and borders and eliminate our enemies.”
Ruth Owen with Sayed Mansoor reporting for the NATOChannel in Kabul, Afghanistan.