Afghan National Police 1st Lt. Khalid Chakari (NATO photo by Jackie Faye)
By: Jackie Faye, Resolute Support Public Affairs
KABUL, Afghanistan – As his Humvee rolled over he thought about his four children and wife at home. He looked over to see that his gunner was dead.
Afghan National Police 1st Lt. Khalid Chakari, who was an Afghan National Army soldier at the time of the incident, was not sure if another roadside bomb would follow, or if he would make it out of Nimroz province alive.
During his time in the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces he has worked extensively in the southern part of Afghanistan. After a decade as a sergeant in the Afghan National Army, Chakari became an officer for the Afghan National Police.
The same year as the roadside bomb incident, and while he was still a soldier, he hid in a bunker for hours as the Taliban launched rockets into the Afghan National Army compound where he worked and lived. One of those rockets hit a building nearby, killing eight Afghan National Army soldiers.
Beside his fellow soldiers being killed, Chakari also said not everyone in his family has been as "lucky” as him.
In Kabul, a bus carrying Afghan National Army soldiers was attacked by the Taliban killing two of his cousins. He said more family members have been killed by the Taliban in Zabul.
"Since I was born we have not had peace in this country,” said Chakari. "It has always had fighting and war, and in my heart I know that I have to serve for my country and my people.”
Chakari, 37, now works at the checkpoints in Kabul, where he stands as a vanguard and protector for the people of Kabul. The image of security, he is the first line of defense for all the live and work in the city.
"This is my homeland, if I don’t make these sacrifices, how can we get peace?” asked Chakari.
And Chakari smiled as he spoke about one more reason he continues to serve Afghanistan. Eight months ago, he and his wife had another baby girl.
"I want peace more than anything else and I want an environment that the children and the next generation can go to study and get a good education,” said Chakari.
Established in 2015, Resolute Support (RS) is a NATO-led, non-combat mission to train, advise and assist the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF), who assumed nationwide responsibility for Afghanistan’s security following the conclusion of the previous NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) mission. Its purpose is to help the Afghan security forces and institutions develop the capacity to defend Afghanistan and protect its citizens in a sustainable manner.