Entries in Training (4)


US Training Afghans to Take the Lead in Fight Against Taliban

Department of Defense/Pfc. Jorge A. Ortiz, U.S. Marine Corps(KABUL, Afghanistan) -- The U.S. chief of day-to-day military operations in Afghanistan announced a Pentagon strategy Wednesday that will enable Afghan forces to lead the fight against their enemies.

Lt. Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti said the plan, which would begin taking effect this year, would allow U.S. and NATO forces to take a less active role in the 10-year-long war.

Scaparrotti, the second highest-ranking American officer in Afghanistan, told reporters, "I’m pressing commanders to put them into the lead as soon as they can.  The earlier we get them into the lead, the better we have a metric of just how well they’re doing and we also know better how to improve them."

The goal is to put virtually all Afghan forces in lead combat roles at some point next year, but Scaparrotti acknowledged that the pace of the strategy will depend on conditions on the ground.

However, the general maintains that this plan still takes a backseat to the number one priority at the moment, which is to "maintain the momentum" in the ongoing battle against the Taliban, particularly in southern Afghanistan, which remains the enemy's base of power.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Prince Harry Coming to America for Military Training

JSN Photography/WireImage(LONDON) -- Price Harry will be following in his older brother and new sister-in-law’s footsteps when he journeys to the American southwest this week -- only for the younger royal it will be with his British Apache attack helicopter unit.

Prince Henry of Wales, as he is formally known, will be deploying to the deserts of California this week where he will perform an intensive eight-week Apache program called Crimson Eagle at the Gila Bend Air Force Auxiliary Field.  During his stay in the U.S. desert, the young prince will have an opportunity to fire a live missile for the first time, ABC News affiliate KABC-TV in Los Angeles reported.

“The training in the U.S.A. will consist of environmental training, live firing and tactical exercises,” a Saint James’s Palace representative told Britain’s Sky TV.

After a two-month stay in Arizona the prince, who is known as “Captain Wales” in his unit, will be heading to NAF El Centro in Southern California’s Imperial Valley.  Eventually, Harry will join an Apache unit back home in Britain.

Prince Harry entered the military in May of 2005 and within three years was promoted to the rank of lieutenant.  In 2007, he was held back from his infantry’s regiment to the frontline in Afghanistan, as he was considered a high value target. In 2008, Harry revealed that he wished to fly military helicopters.

The Prince recently made headlines when he was photographed jumping fully clothed into a Croatian nightclub’s swimming pool.  According to Sky, those training on similar duty as Harry traditionally take a half-term trip to Las Vegas.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio


British Defense Sources Say Libyan Rebels Should Receive Training Fast

MAHMUD HAMS/AFP/Getty Images(LONDON) -- British sources say Libyan rebels should receive training ASAP. The Guardian and other papers in London are reporting the British government is seeking ways to train and equip the rebels. Quoting unnamed British defense sources, the idea would be to get people like former special forces to train-up the rebels and get Arab countries to fund such training.

The ultimate goal is to strengthen their battlefield positions before negotiating a ceasefire.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio


US to Cut Off Funding to Pakistani Military Units Over Violations

Photo Courtesy - US Army Sgt. Sean A. Conley/ISAF(WASHINGTON) -- A senior State Department official confirms to ABC News that the U.S. will withhold training and supply assistance to a handful of Pakistani military units that were found to have committed human rights violations.

“In accordance with the Leahy amendments we have withheld assistance for units that are associated with gross human rights violations.  At the same time we have encouraged Pakistan to improve its human rights training and Pakistan is taking steps in that direction,” the official told ABC.

The official said that a “handful” of Pakistani units are affected, though he declined to say which ones.  He said that Pakistan had not yet been informed of the move, even though senior Pakistani officials are in Washington to meet with President Obama, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates for a strategic dialogue.

The official couldn’t say what specific events triggered the freeze which,  under longstanding law, requires the U.S. to cut off military aid to allies for human rights violations.

However, it is worth noting that the U.S. was concerned about a video that was circulated recently which appeared to show several men dressed in Pakistani military uniforms executing a group of blindfolded men, supposedly during last year’s campaign in Swat.  It’s likely that the video wasn’t the only incident of concern, but the U.S. did pressure Pakistan to investigate the matter, something the country promised to do.   

The decision is a strong rebuke of a key ally, and comes just after a U.S. helicopter killed Pakistani border guards, and the U.S. urges Pakistan to push into other parts of the country to pursue the Taliban and al Qaeda.

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