U.S. Army Commander commends Afghan security efforts during International Donor Conference

July 24th, 2010 - 2:29 am ICT by BNO News  

KABUL (BNO NEWS) — International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) Joint Command Commander U.S. Army Lt. Gen. David M. Rodriguez on Friday praised joint security efforts conducted during the Kabul International Donor Conference in Afghanistan.

“In spite of their best but futile efforts, insurgents failed to disrupt the conference. That achievement is a direct result of Afghans leading Afghans, protecting Afghans. The Security Forces demonstrated a tireless commitment to the welfare of their nation and its people,” Rodriguez said regarding the security efforts by the Afghan National Security Forces and National Directorate of Security.

Rodriguez highlighted the work of the soldiers, police, and agents of the National Directorate of Security, which continue to work in Afghanistan, benefiting from the strengthened partnerships and enduring commitments of the international community.

“The Afghan National Security Forces and National Directorate of Security have set a new standard in inter-agency communication, cooperation, and operations,” Rodriguez added. “Some have questioned Afghanistan’s potential to succeed. Some think Afghanistan might slip back to the death-grip of insurgents. Those people fail to take into account the courage, commitment, and resilience of the Afghan people who are ready to chart their own future and reject the pain and suffering that the insurgents represent.”

Rodriguez reiterated the international community’s “commitment to a long-term partnership with Afghanistan,” explaining that the partnership surpasses issues, promoting economic development, and improving government capacity.

“We are all honored to serve alongside such a courageous and professional force,” Rodriguez concluded.

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