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Petraeus praises Afghans for reaching defense goals ahead of schedule

Release No: UNRELEASED Aug. 11, 2010 PRINT | E-MAIL

KABUL, Afghanistan (Aug. 11, 2010) - ISAF Commander General David Petraeus today praised the Afghan Ministry of Defense for reaching its goal of 134,000 trained Afghan National Army soldiers two months ahead of schedule.

“Less than six months ago, ANA strength stood at about 107,000 trained soldiers with a target of reaching 134,000 by October 2010. It is truly remarkable that we are able to congratulate the Defense Ministry today for achieving their strength goal for October two months ahead of schedule.

“Increasing the size and capability of the Afghan Security Forces is a central element of the joint Afghan-ISAF strategy to increase security for the Afghan people in areas challenged by the insurgency. Such security provides the foundation on which local governance can be developed, basic services for the people can be improved, and a brighter future for the next generation of Afghan citizens can be built.

“Growth of the Afghan National Army is, therefore, an encouraging development as ISAF and Afghan troopers work shoulder-to-shoulder in striving to achieve our common goals in the new Afghanistan.”