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Afghans plan to double special forces from 17,000 as threats grow | Reuters
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Afghans plan to double special forces from 17,000 as threats grow | Reuters

Afghanistan plans to double the number of elite special forces from 17,000 troops, officials said, part of a long-term strategy to bolster units stretched and exhausted by persistent attacks from Taliban insurgents and other Islamist militants.

Special forces, who represent a small fraction of the 300,000-strong armed forces, have been carrying out nearly 70 percent of the army’s offensive operations across the country, underlining Afghanistan’s heavy reliance on them.

While regular forces, including police, are deployed largely to defend positions, special forces are taking the battle to militants from Kunduz

Source: Exclusive: Afghans plan to double special forces from 17,000 as threats grow – sources | Reuters