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Afghan security officers graduate from Turkey's National Defense University

135 more members of Afghan Special Forces, including 20 women personnel, graduate from Military Academy in capital Kabul

Shadi Khan Saif   | 17.07.2021
Afghan security officers graduate from Turkey's National Defense University FILE PHOTO

ANKARA/KABUL, Afghanistan

At least nine more young officers of the Afghan National, Defense, and Security Forces graduated from Turkey’s elite National Defense University in Istanbul, said an official statement on Saturday.

According to the Afghan Embassy in Ankara, the graduated officers received training in ground and air combat operations among other elements of security and defense.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, as well as other dignitaries, attended the graduation ceremony.

A total of 240 officers, including 80 from 17 different countries, including Afghanistan, graduated from various institutes of the Turkish National Defense University.

Separately, the Afghan Defense Ministry said in a statement that 135 members of the Afghan Special Forces, including 20 women officers, graduated from the Afghanistan Military Academy in the capital Kabul.

The graduations come amid rising violence and mounting Taliban assaults across the war-ravaged country.

Since US President Joe Biden announced an exit plan from Afghanistan in May, the Taliban have captured over 150 districts in the country. Afghan forces, on the other hand, have been claiming to kill around 200 insurgents in counterterrorism offensives on a daily basis.

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