General Nicholson's speech at the ANASOC Corp's Activation Ceremony
Afghanistan's elite fighting force, the Afghan Army's Special Operations Command, celebrates a special moment in the command's history, as the unit transitions from a division into a corps, which will eventually nearly double the numbers of Afghanistan's premier fighting force.
Over the next 4 years under the command of the Afghan National Defense Security Forces, the number of Commandos will increase from 12,000 to 23,000.
General John Nicholson, Commander Resolute Support, spoke at the ceremony and said that it marks the beginning of the end for the enemies of Afghanistan.
Transcript of General Nicholson's speech:
"The fight against terror is the most important in the world today. The costs of failure are unimaginable. We must win, not only for the future of Afghanistan and the Afghan people, but for the entire world. If we fail in Afghanistan, we would invite further terror attacks around the world, to include my own country and those of our allies. If we were to fail, it would unleash waves of migration, numbering in millions. If we were to fail, we would embolden jihadists globally, to include those who are already in countries around the globe.
Sadly, these attacks are happening more regularly across Europe - and our prayers are with the victims of the recent attack in Barcelona. Thus, Afghanistan is not only fighting for its own future. You are fighting for humanity's future. And we are with you in this fight."
"Leading this fight for Afghanistan and the world is this Corps, the Special Operations Corps. The Ktah Khas and Afghan commandos have never lost a battle. You never will. The Taliban have never won against the commandos and the Ktah Khas. They never will.
This is why this Corps, commandos and Ktah Khas are the most respected and feared force in the region, and with good reason:
In the last year, Afghan commandos successfully defended Kunduz, Lashkar Gah, Tarin Kowt, Farah...and you are destroying Daesh. As we sit here today, Afghan commandos are defeating the Taliban across Afghanistan, wherever they are needed. When these commandoes appear on the battlefield, the enemy has no choice but to run, or die.
Today, Afghan commandos conduct four out of five operations independently from the US and NATO support. And from today, they will become even more lethal.
This is why we are helping you to double the size of the commandos in the Afghan Army. You win. You win for your country, and you win for us. And that is why this ceremony marks the beginning of the end for the Taliban.
The enemy has a simple choice: stop fighting on behalf of the neighbors of Afghanistan. Stop killing innocent civilians. Stop bringing hardship and misery to the Afghan people. Lay down your arms. Build a better future for your country and your families. Or, die at the hands of the commandoes and Ktah Khas. Your defeat is inevitable. You cannot win in the face of this force.
The offensive capability of the Afghan Army, personified by the standup of the ANASOC Corps today and the fine commandos standing in front of us....supported by the Afghan government and the international community until the end...it opens a new era for Afghanistan.
You are the premier fighting force in this region. The activation of thi special operations corps today marks the beginning of the end for the enemies of Afghanistan. As the commander of the US Forces - Afghanistan and NATO Resolute Support: I assure you we are with you in this fight. We are with you and we will stay with you.
May God bless this unit. God bless all of you brave commandos, your families, and the leadership of this country. It is an honor for all of us to be here today."