More than 1,000 new recruits joined the ranks of the Afghan National Army under the 207 Zafar Corps in Herat province in the west of Afghanistan.
Commander of Zafar Corps Gen. Noorullah Qadiri said the new forces will be deployed to different districts to ensure the safety of the provinces.
“The enemy plans to close the main roads, destroy the bridges and hospitals but they will not be able to reach to their goals,” Qadiri said.
A battalion commander of the 207 Zafar Corps Nazir Ahmad Salik said the new soldiers will undertake short-term training and will be deployed to different provinces.
“They will be trained for 12 weeks in Herat Training Center,” Salik said.
The new members of the Afghan National Army said they joined the Army to take part in security and stability of the country.
“We joined the Army to fight against those who want to target our people and destabilize our country,” said Sarajuddin, an Army soldier.
“We joined the Army to defend and serve the country,” said Kefayatullah, a soldier.
Figures by the 207 Zafar Corps show that at least 3,000 people have joined the Army in western provinces last year.