August 11th, 2010
10:23 AM ET

Afghan army reaches enlistment goal ahead of schedule

Gen. David Petraeus congratulated the Afghan Ministry of Defense on Wednesday for reaching its goal of having 134,000 trained national army soldiers - two months ahead of schedule.

Petraeus, commander of the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan, said the growth of the national army is encouraging as Afghan troops work together with coalition forces to "achieve our common goals in the new Afghanistan."

Petraeus said the Afghan army had about 107,000 soldiers less than six months ago.

"Increasing the size and capability of the Afghan security forces is a central element of the joint Afghan-ISAF strategy to increase security for the Afghan people in areas challenged by the insurgency," Petraeus said.

"Such security provides the foundation on which local governance can be developed, basic services for the people can be improved, and a brighter future for the next generation of Afghan citizens can be built."

Petraeus formally assumed command of the NATO-led international alliance in July.

He has said he supports President Barack Obama's plan to begin withdrawing U.S. troops from Afghanistan in July 2011 - but says it ought to be based on "conditions on the ground."


Filed under: Afghan security forces
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  1. Smith in Oregon

    Isn't it amazing how many Afghanistan's you can get to sign up when you give out piles of freshly minted American taxpayer hundred dollar bills to poor improvised people? They'll of course be happy to accept the piles of free money and sign up but don't expect them to show up nor fight any Taliban fighters.

    August 14, 2010 at 12:43 am | Report abuse |
    • Bledsoe

      Well put,Smith.

      August 14, 2010 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
  2. frnky13

    since the afgan army has met it goal, then why are we sending us troops????? I would rather pay us dollers, instead of us blood {that includes my husbands}
    us army (till we retire)

    August 12, 2010 at 4:22 am | Report abuse |
    • Military-Industrial-Complex

      Again, where are you getting your weird-ass definition for Hindu?

      Come to think of it (unless I'm mistaken) what do Hindus have to do with Egypt anyway?

      August 12, 2010 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Slave of Allah

    Sharia law in Quran :- ( Surat The Night Journey{23. Thy Lord hath decreed that ye worship none but Him, and that ye be kind to parents. Whether one or both of them attain old age in thy life, say not to them a word of contempt, nor repel them, but address them in terms of honour.

    24. And, out of kindness, lower to them the wing of humility, and say: "My Lord! bestow on them thy Mercy even as they cherished me in childhood." } /Surat The Table Spread {8. O ye who believe! stand out firmly for Allah, as witnesses to fair dealing, and let not the hatred of others to you make you swerve to wrong and depart from justice. Be just: that is next to piety: and fear Allah. For Allah is well-acquainted with all that ye do. } /Surat The Cow {256. Let there be no compulsion in religion: Truth stands out clear from Error: whoever rejects evil and believes in Allah hath grasped the most trustworthy hand-hold, that never breaks. And Allah heareth and knoweth all things. } /Surat Repentance {6. If one amongst the Pagans ask thee for asylum, grant it to him, so that he may hear the word of Allah. and then escort him to where he can be secure. That is because they are men without knowledge. }

    August 12, 2010 at 3:29 am | Report abuse |
    • Daniel-2

      I'm wearing that night dress you like.

      August 13, 2010 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Slave of Allah

    Surat The Table Spread {50. Do they then seek after a judgment of (the days of) ignorance? But who, for a people whose faith is assured, can give better judgment than Allah. } /Surat The Sovereignty {14. Should He not know,- He that created? and He is the One that understands the finest mysteries (and) is well-acquainted (with them). }

    August 12, 2010 at 3:10 am | Report abuse |
  5. Riza Afghan

    Hindu ?
    I am afghan kos mother.
    Learn what kos mather means in Afghani, padar nalad mordagaw, hech insane nameshe.

    Stop talking about Afghanistan you stupid f00k pakistani, you have no right to talk about Afghans and afghans have no relation with pakistani f00ks.

    Indeed we never liked Pakistani f00ks and Afghanistan is now full of Pakistani f00ks working like donkeys for us.

    Just leave us alone stupid pakistanies and go work in your own country.
    Pakistani government is not providing jobs that's why you pakistanies are all terrorists.

    Just shut down kos mather and stop calling Hindu or whateva.
    I am a Muslim, 25 years old, Programmer, completed my BCS and finished my MCS. I have nothing to hide to be Hindu.
    Alhamdulelah I am son of a Muslim and i am proud Afghan. WHY F00K I SHOULD PRETENT TO BE A F00KIN Hindu ????

    SHUT UP YOU STUPID CHEAP F00K PAKISTANI AND STOP TALKING ABOUT AFGHANS!!!

    August 11, 2010 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Bledsoe

    Twit to woo.

    August 11, 2010 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Gary Johndro

    YABBA-DABBA-DOO!!!

    August 11, 2010 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dudeface

      FLINTSTONE!!!!

      August 11, 2010 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

    Another step in the foundation of the ivisible(American Anglo-French) empire.How disgusting indeed!!!

    August 11, 2010 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
    • Daniel-2

      Why did you take out that court injunction? i did everything you asked.

      August 11, 2010 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
  9. S R Wakankar

    This is a very good news that the Afghan Army is taking root.In fact the whole problem is created by Pakistan who wants to annex Afghanistan and make it its fifth province.Pakistan practises outdated anti-Indian medieval Arab/Muslim Imperialism.It sometimes attacks Kashmir, sometimes Kabul through Pashtun tribal people who are brave but illiterate and wild and don't understand modern world trends.Their sole activity through out ages, has been loot and plunder of India.They used to join all the invaders who descended over India in the medieval ages.
    Pakistan is the greatest threat to unity and integrity of Afghanistan.In the present situation,India is the truest friend of Afghanistan.Pakistan is unable to control the tribal belt, so it encourages them to do wrong things and attack neighbours.Gen.Hamid Gul(Retd.) is the Father ofTaliban.Anti-Indianism is the creed of Pakistan and Pashtuns come handy in this dirty game.

    August 11, 2010 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
    • Daniel-2

      Dan,get real,will you?

      August 11, 2010 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan in Lafayette,IN

      Daniel-2 you too will have to face the great tribulation which will pit you against God!

      August 11, 2010 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Daniel-2

      Dan,somehow I don't think so since I've read the Bible.Anybody who respects the 6th Commandment can't be all bad.Do you believe in the Ten Commandments yourself?

      August 11, 2010 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  10. USMC Forever

    Why am I not surprised?After all,we're the ones who are paying them with big bucks,compliments of the American taxpayer!

    August 11, 2010 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Bledsoe

      Why does that bother you? being a Pakistani you do not pay US taxes.

      August 11, 2010 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
      • USMC Forever

        This could affect my kick backs.

        August 11, 2010 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
      • USMC Forever

        Since when do they take Pakistanis into the USMC? And stop usurping Bledsoe's name,will you?At least,I'm using my own name!

        August 12, 2010 at 8:26 am | Report abuse |
      • USMC Forever

        They don't take Pakistani nationals that's why you wouldn't be accepted.

        August 13, 2010 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |