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ISAF Focuses on Repositioning Forces, Upcoming Security Transition

International Security Assistance Force Headquarters
Story by U.S. Air National Guard Staff Sgt. Jordan Jones
ISAF Headquarters Public Affairs

KABUL, Afghanistan (Feb. 28, 2011)
– Coalition forces are repositioning from the Pech Valley to locations along Highway 7 to block insurgent infiltration along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border.

“Afghan forces will take the lead in the Pech Valley,” said German Army Gen. Josef Blotz, spokesman, International Security Assistance Force Headquarters, in Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, during a weekly update.

Repositioning forces is a normal task for military operations as new strategies and counter-strategies are enacted to win the war. The repositioning of coalition forces also shows an increase in the abilities of Afghan National Security Forces.

“Afghan Security Forces are able to take responsibility of Pech Valley,” Blotz continued. “This is testimony to our confidence.” Blotz highlighted that while the numbers of ANSF have increased, their skill and abilities have also improved.

The news of this repositioning came as Dominic Medley, senior civilian representative spokesman, NATO, discussed the upcoming transition of the responsibility of security to the Afghan government.

The Joint Afghan NATO Inteqal [Transition] Board met on Tuesday to provide recommendations to Afghanistan’s President Karzai and NATO’s North Atlantic Council, said Medley.

“We fully expect, as President Karzai has announced his intention, that on the 21st of March he will announce – as president of this country – where transition will begin,” said Medley.

The transition board was chaired by Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, chairman, Afghan Transition Coordination Commission, and co-chaired by Gen. David Petraeus, commander, ISAF/U.S. Forces-Afghanistan, and Ambassador Mark Sedwill, NATO Senior Civilian Representative to Afghanistan.

 
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