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ANA To Use Surveillance Drones: U.S Official

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survilance_air_droneThe Afghan National Army (ANA) is expected to use the first specialized surveillance drones in March, a U.S commander in Kabul said Thursday.

The commander of the unit that procures new equipment for the Afghans, Major General Gordon Davis, said the NATO-led military alliance will provide the remotely piloted ScanEagle aircraft and will train Afghan soldiers to operate the system.

"We are just getting the first drones that will be deployed by the corps," Davis said as quoted by Reuters.

"We have been preparing sites. The pieces and parts are coming in now," he added.

According to officials, the aircrafts fly at 4,600 meters above ground and have a wing span of three meters.

Meanwhile, second deputy speaker of the Wolesi Jirga (Lower House of Parliament), Mohammad Nazir Ahmadi, who recently traveled to the U.S said he visited American Air Force bases in Virginia State and that Afghan Air Force personnel are being trained there.

"Using unmanned aircrafts is vital for our army. By using the aircrafts, we can easily find militants' areas and we can eliminate them," he added.

The Afghan Defense Ministry spokesman Dawlat Waziri meanwhile spoke out about preventing civilian casualties during their military operations.

"The reason that most of our military operations are delayed is that we try our best to avoid hitting civilians," Waziri said.

"We try our best to launch operations carefully and we have always done this," he added.

Reports suggest that some members of the Afghan army will soon be trained in using drones.