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US to equip Afghan forces with more armored vehicles

By Farhad Naibkhel-KABUL: The US government has planned to equip the Afghan troops with more and modern armored vehicles, a defense official said Wednesday.

A contract has been signed between the US government and the American company AM General that the latter has been asked to make 1,673 high mobility multipurpose armored Humvees for Afghan forces by the next year at a total cost of $ 356 million.

Afghan forces are fighting international terrorism and insurgents independently to keep stability in the country.

Ministry of Defense welcomed the decision of US government over providing more modern armored vehicle to Afghan forces and request further assistance in the aspect.

Defense ministry spokesman Dawlat Waziri confirmed the report of providing new modern armored vehicle by US government to Afghan forces.

He said: “Afghan forces’ capability will increase after delivery of mentioned armored vehicles.”

He highlighted that as its clear Afghan forces involved in fighting terrorism, thus they needs modern military equipment and weapons to eliminate insurgents across the country.

Afghan forces need new and modern armored military vehicles and weapons to successfully follow anti-terrorism war and eliminate insurgents’ sanctuaries in order to make safe Afghanistan, region and world countries, he added.

It is pertained to mention that US government pledge to provide Afghan forces new armored vehicle, while they are fighting with different Taliban groups as well as Daesh fighters. Recently since two years Daesh also changed as a power in some areas particularly in several districts of eastern Nangarhar provinces.

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