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ISAF AND AFGHAN GOVERNMENT REACH AGREEMENT ON WARDAK

ISAF AND AFGHAN GOVERNMENT REACH AGREEMENT ON WARDAK

KABUL, Afghanistan (March 20, 2013) — Gen. Joseph F. Dunford, the ISAF commander, met with President Karzai at the Palace earlier today to finalize the details on the way forward in Wardak Province.

“I am pleased to announce that following a very constructive series of talks with the President and the leadership of the MOD and MOI, we have come to agreement on a plan for Wardak that continues the transition of this critical province and meets the security needs of the people and the requirements of our mission,” Dunford said.

Under the agreement, beginning with Nerkh District, which is currently secured by Afghan Local Police aided by Coalition forces, the Afghan government will soon move Afghan National Security Forces into this area to provide security. The arrival of the ANSF will preclude the need for ALP and Coalition forces in this area. The remainder of the province will transition over time.

“I want to thank President Karzai for his leadership. This plan meets the President’s intent and leverages the growing capacity and capability of the Afghan security forces to meet the security needs of this country. This solution is what success looks like as we continue the transition to overall Afghan security lead,” Dunford said.

The timeline for moving the ANSF into Nerkh District will be determined by the Afghan Government.

By Voice of After The War