The new recruits: Faizullah, Mahmood, Farhad and Mirajuddin
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Eight weeks to face the Taliban: Meet the recruits

4 March 2011 Last updated at 14:45 GMT

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 was to turn them into professional soldiers ready to be deployed in the fight against the Taliban.

In this video, meet the four recruits and find out why they joined.