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Pentagon raises Afghan Mi-17 concerns

11th November 2013 - 16:35 GMT | by Jonathan Tringham in London

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The planned withdraw of NATO forces from Afghanistan by the end of 2014 will leave Afghan special forces without adequate helicopter support, a Pentagon report has revealed.

The report suggests Afghan forces will not be adequately equipped to cope with the departure of the NATO International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) after 2014.

The ‘Report on Progress toward Security and Stability in Afghanistan’, released on 8 November, stated that the capabilities of the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) are ‘not yet fully self-sustainable’, necessitating the maintenance of a residual US and NATO force in Afghanistan beyond the current projected departure date.

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Jonathan Tringham is a former Shephard staff reporter based in the UK. Jonathan worked in …

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