31 May '15, 3pm

Helmand-based Afghan soldiers largely abandon counterinsurgency patrols taught by coalition forces - News - Stripes

View Photo Gallery » A row of armored personnel carriers sits idle outside the town of Gereshk in Helmand province during what turned out to be a faux Afghan army patrol, May 12, 2015. Officials said they lack the resources to continue the type of counterinsurgency patrols common during the coalition's presence in Helmand. Jad Sleiman/Stars and Stripes Lightbox link Lightbox link Lightbox link Related NATO presence in Afghanistan gives Afghan forces ‘another year of improvement’ The decision to keep forces in country longer will give coalition commanders much-needed “breathing room” to prepare Afghan security forces for what promises to be one of the most intense fighting seasons since Afghans took the lead in combat operations in 2013, officials say. Critics find Ghani-Pakistan relationship unsettling President Ashraf Ghani’s unprecedented efforts to chart a closer course...

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