1,400 newly graduated soldiers commissioned to Afghan army

08:25, March 10, 2011      

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Afghan National Army soldiers march during a graduation ceremony in Herat province, on March 9, 2011. Some 1,400 army soldiers graduated after five weeks' training in Afghanistan 207 Zafar military corp. (Xinhua/Nilab Iman)

A total of 1,400 soldiers and officers graduated on Wednesday and were commissioned to the Afghan National Army (ANA) in Herat province, some 640 km west of Kabul, a military official said.

"After completion of five-week training course, today 1,400 soldiers and officer sergeants graduated from the Herat military training center and were commissioned to the National Army to serve the nation," Commander of 207 Zafar Corps in Herat province, General Shahzada, told Xinhua.

The newly graduated soldiers and officers are ready to be deployed to any part of the country to serve the homeland, he said.

Currently the strength of the Afghan National Army is more than 155,000 and the target is to reach 172,600 until October this year.

Source: Xinhua

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