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The government of Afghanistan is reportedly considering the establishment of the Afghan Territorial Army (ATA) to provide a 'hold' capability to the Afghan security forces. The ATA will be a community level security organization that operations at the local level to provide security.

This militia type organization would resemble the Afghan Local Police (ALP); however, it would fall under the control of the Ministry of Defense (MoD). The initial formation would be approximately 1,000 strong and formed up in southern Nangarhar province - a hotbed of activity to the Islamic State - Khorasan Province (IS-KP). Eventually the Afghan Territorial Army could be 20,000 strong.





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