Sunday, August 8, 2010

Matiullah Khan and the Uruzgan Security Battalion (KAU) in Afghanistan

Afghanistan is still trying to develop and expand the capabilities of its security forces.  The army is not well-trained, equipped nor led and it still desperately needs the coalition partners presence.  The Afghan National Police is corrupt and despised by the citizens of Afghanistan.  In this vacuum local warlords are found who provide security to different areas of Afghanistan - and who thrive on the aid money flowing into the country.  One such area is Oruzgan Province where a local warlord called Matiullah Khan works in concert with Australian and American troops.  He also commands the Uruzgan Security Battalion (KAU) - a private police or military formation.  Read more about this interesting character and how he and his private army fit into the security structure of Afghanistan's Oruzagan Province.  See "Our mate, the bloody warlord", Brisbane Times, August 8, 2010.

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