The United States on Wednesday handed hundreds of military vehicles and other equipment to the Afghan Ministry of Defense as part of Washington’s commitments for continued support until 2024.
The aid package includes 400 Humvees, 230 motorcycles, 23 ambulances and 43 Ford Ranger vehicles.
The Afghan Ministry of Defense has said that the US will continue its support to the Afghan National Security and Defense Forces (ANDSF) until 2024.
The newly provided military resources will be delivered to the Afghan army divisions serving in the north and east of the country.
“We will deliver this equipment to the 209, 217, 201 and 203 army corps,” said Shahmahmood Miakhel, the Afghan Deputy Minister of Defense.
According to the Afghan government, so far the US has provided 19,000 pieces of military equipment to Afghanistan.
“The support by our partner nations will continue until 2024—this has great significance for us,” said Abdullah Raqibi, the head of technology and maintenance department of the Ministry of Defense.
According to the Ministry of Defense, the Afghan security forces are also preparing for a possible surge in the level of violence in the spring.
Afghan officials have said that the Taliban have gone against their commitments and have increased violence and hundreds of Taliban prisoners who were released by the Afghan government as a goodwill gesture for peace have returned to the battlefield.
“They committed to not return to the battlefields, but some of them returned to the war, some of them were killed and arrested—the latest statistics that we have is that 600 to 800 of them have returned to the war,” said Shahmahmood Miakhel, the Afghan Deputy Minister of Defense.
Equipping and modernizing the Afghan security forces is one of the main goals of the US military presence and its allies in Afghanistan. The US believes that providing support and training to Afghan forces is the best option to ensure the security of Afghanistan in the future.