Afghan Biographies

Yaftali, Mohammad Sharif LtGen

Name Yaftali, Mohammad Sharif LtGen
Ethnic backgr. Tajik
Date of birth
Function/Grade Ex Chief of General Staff Afghan National Army (ANA)
History and Biodata

1. Former Chiefs of the General Staff of the Afghan National Army (ANA):
Lt Gen Bismullah, Tajik (2003 -20100630),
Gen Shir Mohammad Karimi, Pashtun  (20100630-20150522)
General Qadam Shah Shaheen (20150523, 20160818) resigned (20170424)
LtGen Mohammad Sharif Yaftali has been introduced as the new army chief of staff (20170426, 20180812)
Lt Gen Bismillah Waziri (20190313)

Deputy to the Chief of the General Staff of ANA:
General Mohammad Ikram (20100630),

ANAs deputy head of operations, Afghan National Army G-3 chief of operations:
Maj. Gen. Afzal Aman (20100915)

Chief of the ANAs Education and Training Department:
Maj. Gen. Aminullah Karimi (20100708)

2. Previous Functions Lt Gen Mohammad Sharif Yaftali:
Commander 203rd Corps TANDAR Thunder ANA Gardez (20120808, 20130501, 20151012, 20160130, 20170424)
Chief of General Staff ANA (20170426)


3. Biodata :
Lt Gen Mohammad Sharif Yaftali is the son of Muhammad Jama Yaftali. He was trained as an officer by the Russians a generation ago. LT Gen Yaftali hails from Yaftal-e Sufla District of Badakhshan Province.

Lt Gen Yaftali successfully attended and completed the Army Military School in 1350 and the Army Military University in Kabul graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in 1358. In 1368, Lt Gen Yaftali successfully received a Master’s degree in Military and Politics while studying in Moscow.

Yaftali served in a myriad of positions commencing in the 17th Division where he served as a company grade and field grade officer before holding varying Political Officer billets. Following his assignments in the 17th Division, LTG Yaftali served as the 40th Infantry Division Chief of Staff, the Kabul Garrison Command Chief of Staff, the Commander of National Military Academy, the Commander of the Ground Forces Command, and most recently as the 203rd Afghan National Army Corps Commander.

The Ministry of Defense (MoD) confirmed the vehicle of the commander of 203rd Thunder Corps of the Afghan National Army Lt Gen Sharif Yaftali was struck by a roadside bomb during an operation in Charkh district, Logar Province He was injured in the attack and was shifted to the hospital on time. The health condition of the commander is satisfactory as he is  being treated in the provincial hospital of Logar.(20170101)

Yaftali is married with eight children.

He is a native Dari speaker and fluent in both Pashtu and Russian.


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