The following videos discuss the activities and progress of
Afghan security forces both on the streets of Kabul
and in the dense undergrowth of Kandahar.
Whilst both reports emphasize these positive developments as beginnings, they provide a sharp
contrast to the crippled condition of Afghanistan's national security forces
four years ago, as well as a sense of gathering confidence among the Afghan population.
The first video discusses feelings in the Afghan government as well as on the streets about the state of security in the city. Reporter David Heathfield depicts a resurrected army and police force which has made significant headway in meeting the security needs of the capital.
- Images of Afghan police in charge of their streets contrast to years of ISAF-provided security.
- Dr. Hakim Asher of the Ministry of Interior expresses overwhelming optimism about the security situation. He states that suicide attacks, illegal vehicles and drugs are being deterred by a conspicuous police presence on the streets.
- Dr. Asher maintains that a ‘close relation' with ISAF forces is being maintained.
- Interviews with people on the street give a general sense of better security. However, kidnapping, which has become a serious problem over the past year, is endangering public confidence.
- The reporter claims ‘a significant milestone' in Afghan security has taken place, which has in turn sent a strong signal to the people.
Positive developments are also visible beyond Kabul. The second video follows a combined ISAF-Afghan National Army (ANA) operation to retake the Arghandab district in Kandahar province. Reporter Daniel Morgan witnesses a swift, competent response to Taliban insurgency by Afghan soldiers.
- The operation is planned and led by the Afghan army with support provided by Canadian ISAF troops.
- A rapid response: Afghan soldiers are preparing for the operation only 24 hours after being dispatched 30km south of the region.
- Local people leave ahead of combat and return promptly.
- Soldiers are demonstrably calm, accustomed to battle.
- Fighting is over within two days in spite of difficult conditions.
- This report considers the operation to be a discernable example of the beginnings of long-term stability in the region.