Afghanistan’s Ministry of Defense is using a rap video to lure recruits into the Afghan National Army (ANA).
“God, country, duty. Until we are alive, we will fight against any enemy with all strength,” states a translation on YouTube of the words that make up part of the patriotic rap song’s chorus.
Khaama Press describes the song, titled “Afghan National Army Spits Hot Fire,” as:
An impressive rap video [that] encourages recruitment to the Afghan National Army (ANA) forces… Flags of various regiments of the Afghan forces, modern equipments, including heavy armors, snipers and state of the art weapons are included the footage as it starts with a patriotic rap song.
The patriotic rap song comes as reports emerged last month regarding the growing desertion rate of the Afghan national security forces.
Citing classified reports prepared for international donors by Afghanistan’s Ministry of Interior, the Wall Street Journal revealed that an estimated 25 percent of Afghan police force members (more than 36,000) deserted the Afghan National Defense and Security Force (ANDSF) in 2015, the first year that the ANDSF was solely responsible for security across Afghanistan.
The ANDSF includes police and army units. President Obama and NATO ended their Afghanistan combat mission at the end of 2014, drawing down their forces and transferring security responsibilities to the ANDSF.
Afghan police forces are often on the frontline of the battlefield in the war against the Taliban and other insurgent groups, noted the Journal.
Police forces are also used to secure roads and man checkpoints across the country.
Since the U.S.-led coalition declared an end to its combat mission on Dec. 31, 2014, security conditions have deteriorated across Afghanistan, the Taliban’s reach in the country is greater than at any point since 2001, and the performance and capabilities of ANDSF have been deemed less than desirable, according to a recent report by the congressionally appointed watchdog known as the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR).
The ANDSF has suffered record casualties at the hands of a resurgent Taliban in recent years.
Khaama Press reports:
According to the earlier estimates by defense officials, at least 4 Afghan army soldiers are losing their lives on daily basis. However, the number could be relatively higher.
Meanwhile, the International community has stepped up efforts to support the Afghan forces in a bid to turn them into a sustainable force to counter the growing menace of terrorism which is not only threatening Afghanistan but poses threats to the region and the world.
Gen. John F. Campbell, who until earlier this month served as the top commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan, has reportedly asked President Obama for the authority to offensively attack the Taliban again.