Afghan security death toll 'unsustainable': Nato commander
LONDON (AFP) - The Nato commander in Afghanistan has warned that the current casualty rates suffered by the Afghan army and police force are "unsustainable", in an interview published in Tuesday's Guardian.
US General Joseph Dunford told the paper that Afghan security forces may need five more years of western support before being able to take over full responsibility.
"I view it as serious, and so do all the commanders," Gen Dunford said of the toll, which has often hit 100 per week.
"I'm not assuming that those casualties are sustainable." The general said "time is going to tell" whether NATO had been right to switch in June from playing a combat role to a "train, advise, assist" operation.