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Afghanistan plans to expand its elite commando units | HeraldNet.com
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Afghanistan plans to expand its elite commando units | HeraldNet.com

The Afghan military will begin expanding its elite commando units in the coming weeks, Afghan officials and military officers said, in a bid to capitalize on a force that has been one of the few success stories in the nearly 16-year-old war.

Starting in September, the training academy here — an old Russian paratrooper base tucked in a valley south of Kabul — will add an 800-man, 14-week-long commando course atop its current curriculum. Afghan officials are optimistic that in the coming years the 12,000-strong force will be able to almost double, to 22,000 troops.

The Afghan military’s decision to invest in its commando forces comes with strong U.S. backing

Source: Afghanistan plans to expand its elite commando units | HeraldNet.com