Thursday, April 29, 2010

Afghanistan Neighborhood Watch - Special Forces Initiative

A Special Forces ODA has set up an armed Afghan neighborhood watch to keep the Taliban out of a village in the Arghandab District of Afghanistan located just north of Kandahar.  Unfortunately, not everyone agrees on the usefulness of the program.  The U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan, Karl Eikenberry, has blocked funding for the program saying that it diminishes the central role of the Afghan government (as though the Afghan government actually exercised any role in the rural areas of the country).  Read more in "U.S. training Afghan villagers to fight the Taliban", by Rajiv Chandrasekaran,  The Washington Post, April 28, 2010.

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