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The Afghan National Army

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1 The Afghan National Army on Sat Feb 19, 2011 12:34 pm

The Afghan National Army (ANA) is a service branch of the military of Afghanistan, which is currently trained by the coalition forces to ultimately take the role in land-based military operations in Afghanistan. As of January 2011, the Afghan National Army is divided into seven regional Corps and consists of around 270,000 active troops.[1] The Afghan Ministry of Defense is expanding the ANA to about 305,600 troops by 2014, a move supported and funded primarily by the United States Department of Defense.[2] There were more than 4,000 American military trainers in late 2009 and additional numbers from other NATO states, providing advanced warfare training to the ANA.[3]


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2 Re: The Afghan National Army on Sun Feb 20, 2011 2:40 am

After the removal of the Taliban in late 2001, the new Afghan National Army was created with support from NATO, mainly the United States. Since 2002, billions of dollars worth of military equipment, facilities, and other forms of aid has been provided to the ANA. Most of the weapons arrived from the United States, which included Humvees, M-16 assault rifles, body armored jackets as well as other types of vehicles and military equipment. It also included the building of a national military command center, with training compounds in different parts of the country.[10] To thwart and dissolve anti-government militant groups, the Karzai administration has offered cash and vocational training to encourage members to join the ANA.





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