US hands major weapons supplies to afghan army

US hands major weapons supplies to afghan armyfrom reuters/yahoo: The Unites States handed over thousands of weapons and hundreds of vehicles to Afghanistan’s fledgling national army on Thursday as part of its strategy to boost local security forces in the fight against the Taliban.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai attended the handover of 800 High Mobility Multi-Purpose Wheeled Vehicles and other trucks, and 12,000 heavy and light arms in Kabul.

“This is the first time that we have received such major help for strengthening our army,” Afghan Defense Ministry spokesman Zahir Azimi said after the ceremony.

Karzai described the package as “part of the tip of the iceberg” of the long-term U.S. commitment to Afghanistan.

The U.S. government is asking Congress for an extra $10.6 billion for Afghanistan – $8.6 billion of that for helping the army and police – over two years.