Over 750 newly graduated Afghan commandos commissioned to army

13:29, March 31, 2011      

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Afghan Members of the National Army Commando stand guard during the Graduation of National Army Commando in Kabul on March 30, 2011. A total of 751 National Army Commandos graduated after three months training. (Xinhua/Ahmad Massoud)

A total of 751 commandos after completion of three months training courses commissioned to Afghan National Army (ANA) on Wednesday, a military official said. "After completion of three-month training course, today 751 commando soldiers and officer graduated from Kabul Commando Training Center and commissioned to National Army to serve the nation," Capitan Mir Ahmad told reporters at the graduation ceremony held on the outskirt of capital Kabul.

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

He also added the commando training centers have trained nine battalions over the past couples of years.

Currently the strength of Afghan National Army is more than 155, 000 and the target is to reach 171,600- strong force by October this year.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai on March 22 announced that Afghan National Security Forces will assume security responsibilities from NATO and U.S. forces stationed in Afghanistan.

The process of handing over security charge from over 140,000 U. S. and NATO-led forces to Afghan forces begins in July this year and would be completed by the end of 2014.

Source: Xinhua

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