NATO’s civilian spokesman Christopher Chambers said on Tuesday Afghan security forces had the capability of beating back the insurgency without combat support from the coalition after 2014.
Addressing a press conference at the Ministry of Interior (MoI), he said the NATO-led Resolute Support mission would begin in less than a month to train, advise and assist Afghan forces.
He called NATO’s 13 years mission in Afghanistan a success, but said the war against terrorism was not yet over. The spokesman praised Afghan forces’ capabilities and said they had the capacity to deal with any security threats.
Chambers added in the last 13 years, some 3,400 foreign troops had lost their lives in Afghanistan, with many more wounded.
MoI spokesman Sediq Sediqi told reporters that from January 1, 2015 Afghan security forces would take the lead in securing the country. “They would do this with pride.”
He added fighting against terrorism was a complex challenge and Afghan forces still needed international support. After taking lead in combat operations, police have witnessed a 20 percent rise in casualties in the current year.