Coalition Special Operations Forces members defend their position from insurgent small arms fire during a day-long fire fight in Nuristan province, Afghanistan, April 12, 2012. Afghan National Army Commandos and coalition SOF, the first to visit that area in more than two years, defeated insurgent forces overrunning a village.
National Army officer cadets participate in a Taliban capture military
exercises, overseen by French and Canadian soldiers, at the Kabul
Military Training Center (KMTC) on November 13, 2012 in Kabul,
Afghanistan. The Kabul Military Training Center, located 8 miles east of
Kabul, is a local training centre for the Afghan armed forces.
Coalition special operations forces (Navy SEALs) and Afghan National Army Commandos from the 3rd Commando Kandak conducting patrols in Maiwand district, Kandahar province, Afghanistan. April - July 2012.
Photographer John D McHugh documented the Afghan National Army as they prepare for the departure of foreign forces. He asks, “If the Afghan National Army is poorly trained, poorly armed, and poorly led, how can their chances to defeat the Taliban on their own be assessed as anything other than poor?”
An Afghan National Army soldier tees off at Masum Ghar, in Panjwayi district, Kandahar. US troops are preparing to leave Afghanistan and hand over security leadership to Afghanistan National Security Forces in 2014.