AFGHAN ABLE TO TAKE SECURITY ROLE

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STORY: AFGHAN ABLE TO TAKE SECURITY ROLE DATELINE: June 13, 2011 LENGTH: 0:01:15 LOCATION:Kabul VOSOT NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) says Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) are ready and capable to take the security responsibility of their country. NATO plans to transfer control of seven areas including three provinces to Afghan soldiers and police in July this year. SOUNDBITE(ENGLISH) JOSEF BLOTZ, ISAF SPOKESMAN: "The point is not, will they be able, the point is, they are already able to plan and execute operations alongside with us, but over time more and more independently. The process of security transition will start in July this year and runs to 2014 in order to pave the way for withdrawal of over 140,000-strong NATO-led ISAF forces with nearly 100,000 of them Americans. The strength of ANSF at the moment is 297,000 which include army, police and other personnel of law enforcing agencies. Officials said the strength of ANSF would r Powered by www.newslook.com Producer : Xinhua News Agency

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