By the Numbers: Independent Afghan Security Forces


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Afghan army troops in Zari in April 2013. <em>Photo: David Axe</em>

Afghan army troops in Zari in April 2013. Photo: David Axe


It’s conventional wisdom in U.S. military policy circles that Afghanistan’s security forces, specifically its national army and police, have become hopelessly dependent on the U.S.-led coalition for training, logistical and air support and battlefield leadership.

But the critics forget: for much of its modern history before the 2001 U.S. invasion, Afghanistan had independent security forces. And it will have them again. Here, by the numbers, are some handy metrics charting the increasing self-sufficiency of Afghan troops in part of Kandahar province in 2013, a year before the withdrawal of the main American combat formations.

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