Afghanistan: July 12, 2003

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The national army has 2,700 trained troops on duty, and another 1,200 undergoing training. It seems unlikely that the national army will be at it's planned strength of 9-12,000 by next Summer. Afghans have been reluctant to join the army, particularly Pushtuns. Afghans are accustomed to serving in tribe based military units and the concept to people from many different tribes serving in the same unit is an alien and unpopular one.

 

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