By: The Kabul Times
The NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg emphasized on importance of the training of Afghan forces during his visit to the United States.
In his opening remarks in the meeting of Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS in Washington, Stoltenberg said congratulated the U.S. Special Forces for the successful action in eliminating ISIS leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi, calling it a milestone in joint efforts against international terrorism.
Stoltenberg hailed the significant progress the coalition has made in the fight against terrorism.
However, he said the fight is not over as ISIS is still a threat. “The situation in Northern Syria remains fragile and difficult. It is well known that there are differences between NATO Allies when it comes to the situation there.”
In regards to the importance of training the Afghan forces, Stoltenberg said “We train and advise Afghan security forces. To help them fight terrorism and to ensure that ISIS does not gain the foothold in Afghanistan that they lost in Iraq and in Syria.” This comes as the Afghan forces have also made significant progress in suppressing the loyalists of the terror group in eastern Nangarhar province during the recent weeks. Dozens of ISIS militants have handed themselves over to Afghan forces during the recent days together with their family members and the relatives of their comrades.