13 Apr 2007

PR# 2007-303

Afghan National Standby Police arrive in Helmand

HELMAND, Afghanistan – Nearly 300 Afghan National Standby Police commenced trade training at ISAF’s Lashkar Gah Provincial Reconstruction Team in Helmand Province.

The training is part of the Government of Afghanistan’s mission to provide an enduring security presence in Southern Afghanistan. 

“These new troops sent to Helmand by the Government of Afghanistan will have a significant impact on our collective ability to increase and maintain security in the region. This is another tangible example of the growing capability of the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF),” stated Major General Ton van Loon, Commander, Regional Command South.

On Thursday, April 5, ISAF and ANA forces secured the Sangin District Centre after a multinational force of more than 1,000 troops converged on the centre, setting the stage for the permanent presence of the ANSF. On 12 April, a Shura was held in the Sangin District Centre between Helmand Governor Wafa, local tribal elders, ISAF and ANSF to discuss the future of Sangin after it was removed from Taliban extremist control.

“Operation Achilles is achieving its intended goal of eroding the enemy’s ability to impede progress in the area. The arrival of these new forces is another positive step towards stability,” added van Loon.

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