Afghan security forces ready themselves for mountain warfare operations

A platoon of Afghan National Army soldiers train at the Italian-led Mountain Warfare Training Center in Herat, Afghanistan, where they learn advanced infantry techniques from elite Italian Alpini troops. (Photo by OR4 Michele Fresia)
27 Nov 2017

Afghan army and police forces are learning advanced mountain warfare techniques and urban combat skills at a new facility near Herat, Afghanistan. This specialized training is part of a new, concerted effort to sustain pressure on malign actors throughout the winter season, even in the most challenging terrain of the country.

The four-week course, developed by Italian soldiers of the NATO Resolute Support Mission, has already graduated dozens of Afghan police and army from the new Mountain Warfare Training Center.

"Our Italian advisors come from the Alpine Troop, among the most elite mountain warfare troops in the world,'' said Italian Brigadier-General Massimo Biagini, commander of Train Advise Assist Command-West. ''We wanted to make this expertise available to our Afghan counterparts. They are already very capable when they arrive for this instruction, so we are confident they retain everything they learn here, and take it back to their units with pride - and to pass that learning on to others."

The impact of reforms in the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces is showing results on the battlefield. New, committed Afghan leadership and improved fighting capabilities have been key to enhanced performance by the armed forces. The ANDSF now conduct four out of every five missions independent of coalition support.


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