12 Afghan airmen graduate from basic intelligence course: NATO

08:42, February 12, 2011      

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A dozen of Afghan airmen including a woman have graduated from basic airman intelligence course inside the country, a statement of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) received here Friday said.

"Twelve members of the Afghan Air Force, including the first female student and two civilians, graduated from the basic airman intelligence course at Pohantoon-e-Hawayee, the Afghan Air Force's "Big Air School", February. 3," the statement added.

Each of the graduates completed 210 hours of classroom instruction covering more than 50 topics, the statement further said.

"Topics range from critical thinking and analysis, mission planning, classified information protection and security, to the creation and delivery of a professional military intelligence brief in support of Afghanistan Air Force flying operations," the statement quoted Lee Marsters, Afghan Air Force Intelligence adviser, with the NATO Air Training Command-Afghanistan Advisory Group as saying.

Marsters said the training was conducted because there was a need to develop a professional intelligence capability in Afghanistan air force.

"Without these skills, the Afghan Air Force cannot be a part of NATO. This is only the second four month course that has been taught. Other intelligence courses being taught by coalition partners were not capable of addressing Intelligence Support to air operations," Marsters noted in the statement.

"Additionally, it gives the Afghan Air Force the ability to work with other nations on the level that NATO operates," the statement quoted Marsters as saying.

Afghan air force at present is made up of a Corpse with several Russian-made helicopters and transport planes provided by some nations contributed troops to Afghanistan within the framework of NATO-led ISAF.

However, Afghan air force has no jet fighters and Afghan government has been emphasizing for proper equipment of its air force to independently safeguards the country's boundaries after completion of transferring security responsibility from NATO-led troops to Afghan security forces.

The process of taking security charges from NATO-led troops by Afghan forces begins in March 21 this year and would be completed by the end of 2014, according to Afghan and NATO officials.

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