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Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF)

Location: Kabul, Afghanistan Afghan_National_Army_emblem

The ANSF are the national armed forces of Afghanistan. The NATO Training Mission-Afghanistan (NTM-A) is responsible for the ANSF’s institutional training, education and professional development activities, as set out by the Afghan Ministries of Defence and Interior. 

As of February 2015, the ANDSF had an operational strength of:

  • 173,000 soldiers, airmen, and Ministry of Defence civilians serving in the Army
  • 154,000 policemen and civilians serving in the Ministry of Interior (MoI)
  • More than 28,000 MoI Afghan Local Police securing villages across Afghanistan

The development of the ANA is supported by the ANA Trust Fund, a NATO project. The ANA Trust Fund was created in 2007 to provide a mechanism for ISAF to support the transportation and installation of equipment donated by ISAF nations, to purchase equipment and services for ANA engineering projects, and to support in- and out-of-country training. It also supports the long-term sustaining of the ANA and to support literacy and professional military education, including counter-IED efforts.

ANA Trust Fund post-2014 provisions were agreed in Dec 2013:

  • The ANA Trust Fund will continue to focus its activities on the Afghan National Army, while retaining the existing flexibility to provide support to other elements of the ANSF as necessary
  • The US will continue to manage the Fund until 2017

The ANA Trust Fund is open for contributions by the broader International Community. As of Feb 2015 the total amount of contributions made to the ANA Trust Fund exceeds 1 billion US dollars.

This profile is part of AOAV’s investigation into counter-IED (C-IED) actors around the globe. To see the list of all C-IED actors recorded by AOAV, see here. To see those engaged in the Middle East, the Sahel, North Africa or other highly impacted countries please see here, here, here, and here respectively. This research was made possible by funding from the NATO Counter Improvised Explosive Devices Centre of Excellence (C-IED COE). To read the full report, ‘Addressing the threat posed by IEDs: National, Regional and Global Initiatives’, see here.