22 Feb. 2009
PR# 2009-176

ISAF, ANP put it in writing in RC South

KABUL, Afghanistan - International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) Regional Command South Commander Major General Mart de Kruif and regional Afghan military leaders signed a new agreement outlining a commitment to aid each other in Afghan-led military operations 21 February.

"The Joint Partnering Directive was cited as a symbolic effort to “reinforce what we’ve been doing for the last few months,” General De Kruif said. “We meet every week to discuss all kinds of different issues and the signing of this document is the essence of partnering.”

Brigadier General Shir Mohammed Zazai, Commander, 205th Hero Corps, Afghan National Army as well as Brigadier General Mirwais, the Deputy Regional Chief of Police; and Brigadier General Saifullah Hakim, Commander of the 3rd District Afghan Border Police were present to sign the document.

General De Kruif further explained that ISAF’s role is progressively moving into the supportive role for which Afghan forces can take the lead on military operations.

“Our job has always been to assist,” he said. “We are seeing this more and more and when we talk about security, we look at operations brought by the Afghan military, with ISAF to support. In the end we all take responsibility over any operation, successful or not.”

The Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) in the south have been conducting operations with ISAF. Therefore, the joint directive is seen as a significant step forward. Philosophically and practically, it anchors the already strong and productive partnering achieved between Regional Command South and the ANSF.

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