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Afghanistan: Armed Forces

Volume 472: debated on Tuesday 4 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) size and (b) capability is of the (i) Afghan National Army and (ii) Afghan National Police. (190893)

The Afghan National Army (ANA) has approximately 50,000 soldiers trained, equipped and deployed. It is capable of both joint combat operations alongside the international forces deployed in Afghanistan, and company level independent operations—as demonstrated in the recapture of Musa Qaleh.

The Afghan National Police (ANP) is currently over 74,000 strong, but its level of capability is lower than in the ANA. Both the ANA and ANP require further training and mentoring to enable them to operate more effectively.