Afghanistan Analysts Network – English

AAN in the Media

Afghanistan’s forces losing more than a few good men. And women

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The Guardian, 3 September 2013

Article quotes AAN dispatch:

‘But there have long been concerns about the durability of such a rapidly assembled force. A recent US government report found that in the six months to March 2013, the Afghan national army lost men at an average rate of over 3% each month. That amounts to over a third of its total strength each year, an alarming number.

“The ANA cannot keep the people it needs, train the people it does have, or adequately supply the people it manages to train,” said one report from the Afghanistan Analysts Network earlier this year, analysing examining official statistics on the losses and training programmes.’