Afghan army became ‘zero’ after the capture of Taliban, now what will happen to more than 150 soldiers taking training in India


Highlights

  • Afghani taking NDA training at ISA Dehradun, OTA Dehradun and Pune
  • Cadets and soldiers in trouble after Taliban capture Afghanistan
  • Afghan army officers are also taking training in various defense establishments of India

New Delhi
The effect of the Taliban occupation in Afghanistan is being seen not only on the people living there but also on the Afghan people present in India. After the Taliban took over the country, the Afghan army has become almost zero. This has put a question mark on the fate of more than 150 Afghan soldiers and military cadets currently undergoing training in India.

Defense sources informed on Monday that the Indian government will have to decide on the future of Afghan military personnel being trained in the country. Most of the trainees are at the Indian Military Academy (IMA) in Dehradun, the Officers Training Academy (OTA) in Chennai and the National Defense Academy (NDA) in Khadakwasla (Pune).

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A source said that apart from cadets from IMA, OTA and NDA, some Afghan officers and other ranks are also attending capsule courses specially prepared for them at various military training establishments in India. Afghan personnel are concerned about their families, given the Taliban’s ‘hatred’ for the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF). The source said the troops are continuing their training but they are clearly concerned. The Government of India will have to decide on their future.

India has supplied four Mi-25 armed helicopters and three light Cheetal helicopters and other military equipment to Afghanistan. Apart from this, India has trained Afghan National Defense and security forces in counter-terrorist operations, signals, military field craft, information technology and other fields. Apart from this, training has also been given at the Special Anti-Terrorism and Jungle Warfare School in Mizoram, apart from Young Officers Courses at the Infantry School in Mhow.

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On an average, around 700 to 800 Afghan soldiers per year were attending short-term courses for them at various Indian military installations for more than a decade. Apart from this, 80-100 students were also appearing in IMA, OTA and NDA every year. Although we train cadets in our military academies from many other countries, from Bhutan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka to Vietnam, Myanmar and Tajikistan, the vast majority of foreign cadets are Afghans.

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