Sunday, July 18, 2010

Village Security Forces in Afghanistan Encouraged by U.S. Military

"Unable so far to turn the tide against the Taliban in any decisive fashion, U.S. troops and the Afghan government are increasingly looking to local militias to provide security for their villages, especially in rural areas, to keep the insurgents from gaining more ground.

Some of these irregular forces are operating with the sanction of the Afghan government and under the tutelage of U.S. special operations troops, but in other cases, they have taken up arms without any official approval. After years of civil war, the nation is awash in weapons.

Although U.S. military officials refuse to call them “militias” because of the term’s negative connotations, they welcome their creation, saying they fill a security vacuum in areas that U.S. troops and Afghan forces cannot reach."
Read more in "U.S. encouraged by Afghans banding together to protect villages", Stars and Stripes, July 9, 2010.

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