NATO says 900 trainers needed for Afghan forces

NATO says that without 900 more trainers, it`s going to be hard to meet Afghan President Hamid Karzai`s goal of having his army and police take the lead in protecting and defending their country by 2014.

Last Updated: Nov 08, 2010, 22:39 PM IST

Kabul: NATO says that without 900 more
trainers, it`s going to be hard to meet Afghan President Hamid
Karzai`s goal of having his army and police take the lead in
protecting and defending their country by 2014.

US Lt. Gen. William Caldwell says trainers with
special skills are needed to teach Afghans, for instance, how
to manage hospitals and fly aircraft.

He says a shortage of trainers will make it difficult
for the Afghan security forces to take charge and allow
international troops to leave.

Caldwell spoke to reporters today at a ceremony
marking the one-year anniversary of the coalition`s training
mission in Afghanistan.

There are already 1,800 trainers working to shore up
the rapidly growing Afghan ranks of police and soldiers.

PTI