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Afghan Army Cadets Graduate from Military Academy

Afghan Army Cadets Graduate from Military Academy

KABUL - Twelve hundred cadets graduated from Kabul Military Training Academy on Sunday after a ten-month training program. 
Speaking after their graduation ceremony, the soldiers said they were committed to serving the country no matter what the circumstances. 
Ministry of Defense (MoD) officials meanwhile said Afghan security forces are continuing their training exercises in order to prepare for the next fighting season.
“Maneuvers continue in all our army corps and units in preparation for the next fighting season, officers from academies and centers support them,” said Farooq Wahidi, a defense ministry commander.
General Laal Jan Zaheer, from the academy, meanwhile said insurgents are plotting to launch an attack on their compound in a bid to disrupt military training.
“The enemy plans to dismantle the process of training at the military center, but we are fully alert to retaliate against an enemy attack,” said Zaheer.
One graduate, Shah Wali, who is from Baghlan province, said he is committed to defending his country’s independence and sovereignty. Wali said during his training he learnt to use several types of weapons.
“We studied for ten months and learned how to use the weapons including M16, M40 and other weapons,” said Wali.
Another graduate, Raihanullah said: “We learned how to fight against the enemy by using our training.” 
Former 209 Shaheen Army Corps commander, General Abdul Hameed Hameed meanwhile said: ““Those who stand on the opposite side (insurgents), try to guide them and invite them; if they refuse, eliminate them; those who act against our people and country are the enemy to us.” 
There are indications that Afghanistan will have another tough year on the battlefields.
Charles Cleveland, a spokesperson for the Resolute Support (RS) mission in Afghanistan, last week warned that the war will intensify next fighting season as the Taliban have already started preparing for it.
“The Taliban’s public statements that they are going to reduce the civilian casualty toll and protect infrastructure - the facts on the ground dispute that and the facts on the ground highlight that they just indiscriminately (carry out) violence against civilians and Afghans,” he said. (Tolonews)