7th APRIL 2015 - Vol.XXXVIII No.018
Local News

Bahrain troops to lead Afghan special forces

BAHRAIN forces deployed in Afghanistan have assumed authority of the Special Security Forces Company 2 (SSFC-2).

A ceremony was held at Camp Leatherneck, where SSFC-2 commanding officer Captain Alsobah Munther transferred his authority to Bahrain's SSFC-3 commanding officer Captain Khalid Mohammad Ali Eid Aldosari.

Since May, SSFC-2 has provided base security at Camp Leatherneck, searched more than 26,000 vehicles and seized more than 600 items of contraband. They have also recovered more than 7,500g of narcotics and around 500 illegal electronic devices.

"I have every faith in the Bahraini SSFC organisation and the training that you have received," First Marine Expeditionary Force Headquarters Group commanding officer Colonel Lori Reynolds said during the ceremony.

"We look forward to forming the same friendship with you as we have with the men of SSFC-2.

Last month, Deputy Premier Shaikh Mohammed bin Mubarak Al Khalifa patronised a ceremony marking the 20th anniversary of the American-Bahraini Friendship Society in Washington.

"Bahrainis are now involved in training Afghan police for the day when their country can be more independent and have a peaceful future," he told an audience of senior officials and former US ambassadors to Bahrain.

In January, Bahrain announced deployment of policemen to Afghanistan for training and humanitarian purposes.

Interior Ministry deputy chief of Public Security Brigadier Khalid Al Absi said that a group of security forces were sent to Afghanistan as part of Bahrain's commitment to the protection of international security and stability and restoring order in the war-torn country.

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