As the US and NATO are withdrawing troops from Afghanistan, the Western powers are still hoping to maintain influence in the country. NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said Friday that the military alliance will train Afghan forces outside of Afghanistan after NATO troops leave.
“We are planning to provide military education and training outside Afghanistan, focusing on Special Operations Forces,” Stoltenberg told reporters in Paris. He said the alliance will provide “advice and capacity-building support” as well as “continued financial support” to the Afghan military.
The US military is currently working out what its post-withdrawal plans in Afghanistan will look like. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley has said that training Afghan forces in another country is an option under consideration.
Stoltenberg said NATO is also looking to provide funds to support “the functioning of Kabul airport.” Earlier this week, Milley said the US and its allies were looking into ways to ensure that the Afghan military can keep the Kabul airport secure.
On Tuesday, US Central Command said the withdrawal process was between 13 and 20 percent complete, although the command is not disclosing troop numbers. President Biden ordered troops to be out by September 11th. According to a report from Stars and Stripes, some of Washington’s NATO allies are going to leave Afghanistan well before the September deadline.
12 thoughts on “NATO to Train Afghan Military Outside Country After Withdrawal”
You can take them out of the country and train them, but will they then want to go back?
What they will do is claim asylum and whatever country they are in will be stuck with them , it`s a regular acurrance at the olympic games there aremany still in the UK from the when the games where held here but no one talks about it
I think they’ll be trained at a US based in somewhere like Turkmenistan or Uzbekistan, so claiming asylum won’t work, but if they sneak away they could still find better work and safer living conditions than they’d have fighting the Taliban.
Agree. And there will be new or additional US bases in that country. Funding? There will be substantial left-overs from the withdrawal.
Most of them will probably be sent by the Taliban for weapons and training. Thanks for everything NATO.
Maybe they should look elsewhere for their training. 20 years and more than 50% of the country is controlled by a foe who doesn’t have near the resources at its disposal. Or maybe NATO and the US could seek advice from the Taliban on how to properly train.
They can train them any where they like they will still be useless.
The “elsewhere” will be near Afghanistan. Probably one of the other “Stan’s”. That will call for new US bases and “training personnel” in that “Stan”. The training will continue to be a bad joke.
Twenty years of destruction is not enough?
Wishful thinking. Region must heal itself first, before considering entanglement with aggressive military block. Afghanistan will nit wish to set itself apart from the region — and cease being the source of instability. Calming is the objective, not training Rambos.
The yanks have gone from lengthy wars to intergenerational wars.
Embezzlement an Afghan reality approaching $8 million a day.
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