INDIA STEPS UP TRAINING OF AFGHAN MILITARY PERSONNEL

16 Jul 2013 07:54
NEW DELHI, July 13 (Bernama) -- India is stepping up training of Afghan military and security personnel before the pullout of U.S. and Nato-led troops from Afghanistan, Xinhua news agency reported citing local press reports. The Times of India daily on Saturday quoted unnamed sources of the Defense Ministry as saying that "a major Indian bid has been launched for capability enhancement of the Afghan National Army (ANA)." The move is to ensure that the ANA can handle internal security after the withdrawal of 100,000 foreign soldiers from Afghanistan by the end of 2014. India is boosting capacity building for the ANA by increasing the number of Afghan military and security personnel trained by the Indian military from 574 in 2012 to more than 1,000 at present. --BERNAMA EE