New legislation, hammered out by American and Afghan officials and expected to be enacted by President Hamid Karzai in coming weeks, would authorize armed village forces across Afghanistan and bring them into the country's law-enforcement system.Read the rest of the article in "U.S. Enlists New Afghan Village Forces", The Wall Street Journal, July 1, 2010. Click here to learn more about recent attempts at establishing village security programs such as the Afghan Public Protection Program (AP3), Community Defense Initiative (CDI), and Local Defense Initiative (LDI).
The strategy, long advocated by U.S. Special Operations commanders, aims to provide a grass-roots counterbalance to the insurgents and fill a security vacuum in swaths of rural Afghanistan that the overstretched U.S. and Afghan regular forces can't reach.
"It works the bottom-up piece that we believe is essential in Afghanistan to getting stability," explains U.S. Col. Donald Bolduc, head of the Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force-Afghanistan, which oversees most Special Operations units in the country. The so-called Village Stabilization program should remain unchanged under the new coalition commander, Gen. David Petraeus, U.S. officials said.
Monday, July 12, 2010
Village Stabilization Program - Afghanistan
Special Operations Forces are looking for the go-ahead signal from the Karzai regime to continue with the expansion of their Village Stabilization Program.