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500 new graduates join police forces in W. Afghanistan

(Xinhua)

08:48, December 02, 2011

HERAT, Afghanistan, Dec. 1 (Xinhua) -- A total of 500 new graduates joined Afghan National Police (ANP) in Herat province with Herat city as its capital, 640 km west of capital city of Kabul, a police official said on Thursday.

"As many as 500 newly trained policemen commissioned to the ANP on Thursday and would be deployed to several districts of Herat province to provide security for their countrymen," a police official with the Adraskan police training center in Herat province, Fazil Ahmad Khalili told Xinhua.

The Afghan government and NATO Training Mission in Afghanistan (NTM-A) have stepped up efforts to train and equip Afghan police and army as Afghan forces recently begun to take security responsibility from foreign forces in parts of the country.

Earlier Thursday, in the second phase of security transition process, Afghan and army and police assumed security responsibilities of seven out of nine districts of Parwan province including the provincial capital Charikar city, 55 km north of capital city of Kabul, from NATO-led Coalition forces.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Sunday announced that, in the second phase of security plan, the Afghan soldiers and police will take full control of security from U.S. and NATO forces in six Afghan provinces as well as seven Afghan provincial capitals and over 40 districts in different provinces in near future.

Herat city was among seven areas where Afghan security forces took security responsibilities from NATO forces in July this year, in the first part of a security transition process which will run to 2014 when Afghanistan will take over the full leadership of its own security duties from U.S. and NATO forces.

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