Thursday, March 18, 2010
Local Defense Initiative (LDI) in Afghanistan Continues to Operate
The little-known Local Defense Initiative (LDI) - formerly called Community Defense Initiative (CDI) is still functioning in Afghanistan. While controversial to some - many others consider the local militia program an important stop-gap measure to hold the Taliban back while the Afghan central government gets its act together (a multi-year endeavor, could take a few years). Read more about the militias in "US keeps secret anti-Taliban militia on a bright leash", Guardian, March 8, 2010.