News - Afghanistan
The Ministry of Defence (MoD) on Sunday said that the Afghan security forces will take over the responsibility of all military operations in the country within 20 days.
Officials of the Ministry said that the Afghan security forces have been preparing themselves for the last phase of security transition from foreign troops.
The Afghan security forces have been leading 90 percent of the military operations in the country, according to MoD officials.
"All security responsibilities will be handed over to the Afghan security forces in June and it is expected that the fifth transition process will take place soon," the Defence Ministry Spokesman, Gen. Zahir Azimi said.
Meanwhile, some Afghan MPs have expressed their concerns over the lack of security in the province.
Off late, there has been a steep rise in the terror activities. The insurgents have been carrying out operations in the Kunar, Nangarhar, Nuristan, Khost, Farah, Kandahar, Faryab, Badakhshan provinces targeting the Afghan security forces.
The MPs said that the Afghan security forces cannot take security responsibilities under the current situation and the Government should deploy more security forces.
"There are fears that the Afghan forces cannot take charge of security of all the parts and if efficient forces are stationed in the insecure parts of the country, then this fear will be removed," MP Ahmad Ali Akhlaqi said.
The foreign troops will leave Afghanistan by the end of 2014, after which the Afghan security forces will take charge.
There are around 66,000 US troops in Afghanistan helping over 300,000 Afghan security forces fight insurgency.
On Friday, the US President Barack Obama has said on Friday that he and the Nato Secretary-General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen have agreed to focus the Organisation's 2014 summit on Afghanistan.
While Obama and Anders Fogh Rasmussen have agreed on the topic for the summit, but the venue is not known. Obama said Rasmussen is looking for a country to host it.
Obama said, "Not only will we be able to underscore this final chapter in our Afghan operations but the summit can also be used to paint a picture of a future whereby we're partnering with the Afghan Government on behalf of the Afghan people and on behalf of world security."
The Nato's Secretary General said his organisation will continue to train, advise and assist Afghanistan in its transition. While the goal is an Afghanistan that can stand on its own feet, he added that the Afghans will not stand alone.
Chicago was the host city for the Nato's 2012 summit.
The exact dates and venue for the summit is yet to be decided.