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Eight weeks to face the Taliban: Ambush training

Between December 2010 and January 2011, BBC News followed the progress of four new recruits to the Afghan National Army.

All aged under 20, Mirajuddin, Mahmood, Farhad and Faizullah underwent an intensive eight week training programme at the Kabul Military Training Centre.

The aim is to turn them into professional soldiers ready to be deployed in the fight against the Taliban.

But is eight weeks enough time?

In this video, spend a day on the training field with the recruits as they learn how to ambush the enemy and avoid getting caught in an ambush themselves.

  • 04 Mar 2011