German Forces End Combat Mission In North
German forces, part of International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), changed their combat mission into training and assisting Afghan security forces in northern Afghanistan, an alliance official said on Saturday.
Replaced by German Brig. Gen. Harald Gante, who took over the command during a change of command ceremony in Mazar-i-Sharif, the capital of Balkh province on Friday, the outgoing Maj. Gen. Bernd Schutt hoped they would continue training Afghan forces with a new zeal to further improve the security situation. He said their new mission had started successfully.
He told the ceremony that changing their mission from combat to training was aimed at improving security situation and building the capacity of Afghan security forces.
Schutt added ISAF’ support enabled Afghan security forces to take over the security responsibility and bring positive changes to the security situation in Afghanistan.
ISAF Regional Commander in the north, Maj. Gen. Hans Werner Frits, told the ceremony that Afghan security forces had proven their ability to safeguard the country during the first and second round of the election.
He added Taliban militants had been trying hard to disrupt the election process but Afghan forces frustrated their designs.
The German officer said ISAF’s support would decline with the passage of time but they would continue training Afghan forces. “Afghanistan would not be left alone”, he said.