31 Jul '13, 12am

A little more on those 4,000 - 7,000 soldiers a month deserting the Afghan Army:

WASHINGTON — The Afghan Army and police will “require substantial training, advising and assistance” well past the announced 2014 NATO departure, according to a new Pentagon report released Tuesday. While the White House is reportedly considering a “zero option” of withdrawing all US forces after 2014 if a status of forces agreement can’t be reached with the Kabul government, the military has been making plans to leave a force behind after the majority of NATO troops leave. End strength numbers for the Afghan Army and police have been reached and are largely being maintained even with massive rates of attrition, and Afghans themselves are now handling a majority of the basic training activities, said Peter Lavoy, acting assistant secretary of defense for Asia Pacific security affairs. Now, the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) is “focused on the sustainability...

Full article: http://www.defensenews.com/article/20130730/DEFREG/307300...

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