"KABUL—U.S. and NATO military commanders across Afghanistan are preparing plans for village-based defense forces that will receive arms and funds in a bid to beat back Taliban insurgents in rural towns where President Hamid Karzai's government has scant control.Read the rest of the article in "U.S., NATO Look to Use Local Police in Afghanistan", by Julian Barnes and Adam Entous of The Wall Street Journal, September 15, 2010. Read more about local defense initiatives in Afghanistan.
The Pentagon has requested congressional approval to divert an initial $35 million from the budget for the Afghan security forces to form the new local police groups. Critics say local militias could pose a security threat without careful monitoring."