The Farce of Training Afghan Troops (and a cautionary example for Syria)

Afghan National Army training.


Recruits being trained by US military mentors/trainers. 200 men to 1 instructor! On the US M16 assault rifle and not the AK47.

Mindblowing, watching the instructor in front of 200 men explain stripping and assembling to mainly illiterate soldiers, some of whom don’t even speak the language of the interpreter.
KMTC (Kabul Military Training Centre), Afghanistan. 2009

Published by: bobshepherdauthor

Bestselling author Bob Shepherd has spent nearly forty years operating in conflict areas around the world. A twenty year veteran of Britain’s elite 22 SAS Regiment with nearly two decades of private security work to his credit, Bob has successfully negotiated some of the most dangerous places on earth as a special forces soldier and a private citizen. Bob comments regularly on security issues and has appeared on CNN International, BBC, SKY News, and BBC Radio. He has also authored numerous articles and books including the Sunday Times Top Ten bestseller The Circuit. In addition to writing and lecturing, Bob continues to advise individuals operating in hostile environments. For more of his insights on security and geopolitics visit

Categories Afghanistan, ISIS/ISIL, NATO, Syria10 Comments

10 thoughts on “The Farce of Training Afghan Troops (and a cautionary example for Syria)”

  1. The scary thing is no one will ever listen until its too late and even then they will make out they know best….

    1. Where have you been recently….missed you…especially in relation to the recent puppet like decision of our Prime Minister to follow the US into Syria with (no joke) six F 18s and 320 support personnel.

  2. Jaysus I think its better if those boys get trained in using water pistols. Better for every one in the vicinity. lol

  3. Glad to see someone who has what seems like common sense. I have missed your blog Bob. Do you have any books coming out soon.

    Kind regards

    James English

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