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Security forces need state-of-the-art equipment, air support: MoD

AT Monitoring Desk-KABUL: Though the security forces have made landmark progress in recent years, the Ministry of Defense (MoD) has said that still they need air support and state-of-the-art equipment in this field.

The MoD spokesman, Dawlat Waziri, has said that the security forces have powerful morale and are in offensive mode.

“They have been out of defensive mode. We launch planned operation and this shows that the army is in good condition,” Waziri told Radio Azadi. “Our special and commando forces are not facing any problem; we are faced with a number of hurdles in air forces as they have not been equipped with state-of-the-armed weaponry.”

He said the militants have increased their pressure after the security forces shouldered security responsibly countrywide. However, he added that the security forces have succeeded to fail anti-Afghanistan militants in reaching their nefarious ends.

The Interior Ministry has also said that they lack modern equipment in technical fields.

The deputy spokesman for the ministry, Najib Danish, in a chat with Radio Azadi said saving borders and mines recovering needs modern equipment, and that the sector needs serious attention.

There are at least 350,000 security troops, including 157,000 national police force and nearly 30,000 local policemen.

However, the National Directorate of Security (NDS) spokesman Hasib Sediqi said the Afghan National Security Forces are progressing with high potential and no force can stop their improvement.

“The security forces are using any possible tactic to defend the country’s sovereignty, ensure citizens’ safety, support rule of law and maintain security all over the nation,” he said as quoted by Radio Azadi.

According to him, the NDS has had landmark achievements despite the fact that it has not been able to prevent the recent deadly attacks in Kabul.

He said the NDS has arrested 584 individuals on charges of terror activities and has recovered and confiscated nearly 17,000 kilograms of explosive over the past three months.

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