U.S. lack of trust in Afghan Army continues to grow
August 3, 2010
U.S. distrust of Afghanistan’s poorly trained army has increased during the last few days after two notable incidents.
According to the Taliban, U.S. troops clashed with “ANA (Afghan National Army) puppet minions” following an attack on an ANA outpost in which the American’s reportedly killed two Afghan soldiers in Musa Qala district, Helmand, on Sunday 01 Aug.
Taliban media officer Qari Yousuf Ahmadi reports “the gun battle continued for about one hour forcing the soldiers of ANA to flee leaving their arms and ammo behind, while the U.S. invaders burned down their post to the ground.”
Ahmadi also reports that as many as 17 ANA soldiers surrendered “as per a prior contact” to the Islamic Emirate (Taliban) on 02 Aug., when they “handed over to Mujahideen more than 25 heavy and light machine guns with some ammo, walkie talkies and other sensitive electronic stuff”. The ANA soldiers then reportedly joined the mujahideen operating in Helmand’s Sangin district.
The Afghan National Army, which is 90% illiterate, received their training from the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF – Afghanistan). However, there are concerns that these indigenous troops are incapable of defending the nation should U.S./Coalition forces withdraw.
Inteltrends believes that incidents of ANA soldiers surrendering “en masse” along with their weapons – ‘as per prior arrangements with mujahideen agents’ – will increase as the security situation in Afghanistan deteriorates.