Thursday, October 28, 2010

Private Security Companies in Afghanistan to Disband - Who Will Replace Them?

Karzai is insisting that the private security companies that have contracted with the coalition, private entities, and non-governmental organizations be disbanded.  His plan is to replace the almost 50,000 security contractors with Afghan National Police (ANP) or Afghan National Army (ANA) units.  That is not likely.  The police and Army are already fully engaged in the counterinsurgency fight - especially in southern Afghanistan. In addition, these units are largely untrained and plagued with desertion and drug use.  Many foreign firms and NGOs will leave rather than leave their security to Afghan security forces.  Read more in "Who Will Replace Afghan Security Guards", Military.com, October 27, 2010.

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