Desertions deplete Afghan forces, adding to security worries




 
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Desertions deplete Afghan forces, adding to security worries
 
January 18th, 2016  
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Desertions deplete Afghan forces, adding to security worries
By Sayed Sarwar Amani and Andrew MacAskill KANDAHAR, Afghanistan/KABUL (Reuters) - Afghan Lieutenant Amanullah said he was ready to fight to the death to stop the Taliban making gains across the south of the country, where insurgents have already overrun a series of districts in their traditional heartland. In November, 15 months after joining up, he deserted, one of thousands of tired and frustrated soldiers who have shed their uniforms, seriously blunting the Afghan army's power to repel a growing militant threat. For Amanullah, everything changed late last year when, fighting on an empty stomach and without being paid for months, militants armed with rocket-propelled grenades and machine guns attacked his base from all directions in a three-day battle.




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