"Afghan President Hamid Karzai has approved a U.S.-backed plan to create local defense forces across the country in an attempt to generate new grassroots opposition to the Taliban, according to U.S. and Afghan officials. The plan calls for the creation of as many as 10,000 "community police officers."Read the rest of the article in "Community police program a key to Afghanistan security", Jacksonville.com, July 22, 2010. Read more about local community defense in Afghanistan.
After months of deliberation, Karzai gave approval to a reported U.S. plan to establish locally recruited village protection forces across rural Afghanistan, on the condition that they be under the Afghan Interior Ministry's "authority and direct control." Unfortunately, the Interior Ministry is a bastion of his supporters, and this step could establish his imprint all over Afghanistan."