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US official: Afghan army ‘rebuilt’ for battle with Taliban

/ 02:20 PM January 25, 2016
Afghanistan

In this Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2015 file photo, Afghan National Army soldiers guard a checkpoint on the way to the Sangin district of Helmand province, Afghanistan. After months of ferocious fighting, Afghan army units battling the Taliban in southern Helmand province are facing major restructuring and leadership changes, with several key commanders being replaced, a U.S. military official said Monday, Jan. 25, 2016. AP

KABUL, Afghanistan — A U.S. military official in Afghanistan says major restructuring and leadership changes are underway among Afghan army units battling the Taliban in southern Helmand province.

U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Wilson Shoffner, the head of public affairs for the U.S.-NATO mission, says the Afghan army in Helmand is being “rebuilt,” with key commanders being replaced.

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Shoffner says the reasons for the changes in the 215 Maiwand Corps in Helmand “are a combination of incompetence, corruption and ineffectiveness.” He spoke to The Associated Press on Monday.

He says the corps’ commander has been replaced, along with “some brigade commanders and some key corps staff up to full colonel level.” The Afghan Defense Ministry confirmed the changes.

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Helmand has been a fierce battleground in recent months, with fighting taking place in 10 districts.

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