Afghan Defence Forces See Drop in Personnel Numbers

The Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) have seen a 10.6% drop in the number of assigned personnel over the past year, according to a quarterly report released on 30 April by the US Special Inspector General for Afghan Reconstruction (SIGAR). As of 31 January the force had an assigned strength of 296,409 personnel - including...

The Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) have seen a 10.6% drop in the number of assigned personnel over the past year, according to a quarterly report released on 30 April by the US Special Inspector General for Afghan Reconstruction (SIGAR).

As of 31 January the force had an assigned strength of 296,409 personnel - including members of the Afghan National Police (ANP), Afghan National Army (ANA) and Afghan Air Force (AAF) - compared to 331,708 during the same month last year, stated SIGAR John Sopko.

The report put the authorised strength of the ANDSF at 334,000 personnel, meaning that the ANDSF were operating at 88.7% of that authorised strength as of 31 January.

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