Afghanistan activates new special operations unit

Afghanistan activated a new special operations unit, National Mission Brigade on Monday, melding special operators from multiple ministries and military units.

The National Mission Brigade will be part of the Afghan National Army Special Operations Command and are raised for counter terrorism operations against the Taliban, Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant – Khorasan Province (ISIS-K), and other terrorist and criminal elements in the country.

“With the activation of the National Mission Brigade, we are now poised to become the most formidable and most elite force – just like other elite forces in the world,” said Col. Khanullah Shuja, the brigade’s new commander. “The NMB will be ready to respond to any threat posed to our society and provide support to both the Afghan Army and police.”

The NMB is staffed by the Ministries of Defense, Interior, and the National Directorate of Security. The unit’s focus is to respond to national-level crises and conduct intelligence driven operations.

“Over the last year, security threats throughout Afghanistan have increased. Having a special brigade that can respond rapidly to threats is a great accomplishment for the Afghan Special Security Forces,” said Maj. Gen. Tariq Shah Bahrami, acting defense minister.

The activation is one of the first concrete steps towards growing the Afghan Special Security Forces, according to Maj. Gen. Bismillah Waziri, Commander, Afghanistan National Army Special Operations Command.

The Afghan National Defense and Security Forces have made steady progress through 2017, from logistics to air support and especially special operations.

“While the National Mission Brigade’s activation marks the visible existence of a new brigade, it also signifies the Afghan Security Forces commitment to defeating the Taliban, ISIS-K and others who would try to usurp Afghan sovereignty,” said U.S. Navy Capt. William Salvin, spokesperson for Resolute Support.

Story by Lt.j.g. Egdanis Torres Sierra, Resolute Support Headquarters 

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