Friday, July 16, 2010
Local Security at the Village Level in Afghanistan
The big news is that local security at the village level is now given the green light. Pushed by Pretraeus on Karzai (who reluctantly agreed with some modifications), the plan is to arm, pay, and train local village defense forces. U.S. Special Forces teams will take the lead on this training effort. Of course, we should have been doing it years ago - as one commentator has indicated - "All security is local - - esp. in Afghanistan", Tom Ricks, Foreign Policy, July 15, 2010. Read more on village defense in Afghanstan.