News: Afghan commandos build relationship with NDS
Story by Staff Sgt. Osvaldo Equite
HELMAND PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Afghan National Directorate of Security officials trained more than 30 commandos of the 7th Special Operations Kandak, Sept. 17, in Washer district, Helmand province.
Three provincial NDS prosecutors, based in Lashkar Gah, taught the commandos prosecution techniques focusing on evidence handling, said 1st Lt. Mohammed Ali, 7th SOK intelligence officer.
“We came here to give the commandos three lectures,” said the provincial NDS chief prosecutor. “This will help improve the SOK’s ability to develop case files against insurgents and to see better results in court.”
“Every class has its benefits,” said Ali. “This will be beneficial for the officers in the unit because they will learn about the law and the proper use of it,” he said.
The officers and leaders with the 7th SOK who participated in the lectures discussed combat experiences and lessons learned with the prosecutors – building an Afghan interagency relationship between the commandos and the NDS.
“First of all I am here to serve my country and the people,” said the chief prosecutor. “But I am very interested in teaching the commandos and to have a working relationship with them. Together we can help solve our problems,” he added.
The NDS is Afghanistan’s intelligence agency charged to ensure security by fighting terrorism and organized crime.
“Our plan is to continue discussions with the NDS in Helmand,” said Ali. “The commandos are always working to enhance relationships with other Afghan agencies,” he added.