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Special Operations: Afghan Special Operations Troops
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September 19, 2007: Three years ago, the Afghan Army formed its first commando battalion. The unit was trained by U.S. Marines. Since then, a hundred carefully selected Afghan infantry NCOs were sent to Jordan for six months of commando training. These sergeants then served as trainers during the formation of additional commando battalions.

 

U.S. Army Special Forces have also been involved in forming the five commando battalions that will supply each of the five army corps with one of these special operations units. The Afghan commandos are more similar to U.S. Army Rangers, although they also serve as a reserve unit. The Afghan commandos are used for operations where additional skill and reliability are required. The Afghan commandos also carry out raids, and some have been given additional training, so they can operate closely with foreign commando units. 

 

The Afghans take well to commando training, and respect commandos in general. The Russian Spetsnaz commandos were feared and respected during the 1980s war, and U.S. Special Forces, and various contingents of foreign commandos, have also impressed the Afghans. While a warrior culture, the Afghans never developed the systematic training that makes soldiers much more effective. Most Afghans realize that it's this training that creates the formidable foreign commando warriors. So, when given an opportunity to get this kind of training, there are plenty of enthusiastic volunteers.

 

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mough       9/19/2007 12:18:17 PM
These guys have very good rep's with forign units in Astan, very tough well trained...the Taliban on the other hand don't seem to like them though...maybe it was those special swords they got commisoned that they like to use up close....
 
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bob the brit       9/19/2007 12:24:22 PM
just wait, the gurkahs are going to get pissed off that they're not the only ones feared for using blades
 
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mough       9/19/2007 12:27:44 PM
the blade these guys got makes a kukhri look like a butter knife, it  is at least 60cms long
 
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bob the brit       9/19/2007 12:38:28 PM

the blade these guys got makes a kukhri look like a butter knife, it  is at least 60cms long

i can imagine spreading your strwberry jam on your toast with a dog legged peice of steal is quite the feat...
however i must try, i was lucky enough to get given a homemade kukhri by my sherpa (if that's what he was) guide on my holidays to nepal this past summer. apparently it was made out of the suspension metal from and old jeep that never made the treak from the cities to the foothills of the him's. very nice souvenire i should say.
 
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olive-greens       9/19/2007 12:57:04 PM



the blade these guys got makes a kukhri look like a butter knife, it  is at least 60cms long


i can imagine spreading your strwberry jam on your toast with a dog legged peice of steal is quite the feat...
however i must try, i was lucky enough to get given a homemade kukhri by my sherpa (if that's what he was) guide on my holidays to nepal this past summer. apparently it was made out of the suspension metal from and old jeep that never made the treak from the cities to the foothills of the him's. very nice souvenire i should say.



Buffalo horn?
 
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bob the brit       9/19/2007 2:53:46 PM
olive-greens, please explain further... buffalo horn?????
 
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olive-greens       9/19/2007 3:20:29 PM

olive-greens, please explain further... buffalo horn?????



Hilt, what is the hilt made of?
 
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bob the brit       9/19/2007 3:23:27 PM




olive-greens, please explain further... buffalo horn?????





Hilt, what is the hilt made of?

let me just go and check

 
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bob the brit       9/19/2007 3:25:14 PM
it appears as such, (definitely some form of bone like material) it's not wood so it must be
wonderful piece
 
 
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bob the brit       9/19/2007 3:26:19 PM

it appears as such, (definitely some form of bone like material) it's not wood so it must be

wonderful piece

 

if i knew how to put photos onto the computer i would show and tell, but i'm old and slightly technologically challenged
sorry

 
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