Saturday, November 6, 2010
Militias in Afghanistan and the Afghan Local Police Initiative (ALP)
The U.S. military is in search of a solution to how to win the war in Afghanistan but to still withdraw in accordance with Obama's time frame - next July. Unfortunately the Afghan National Army (ANA) and the Afghan National Police (ANP) are not quite up to the task to take over. In addition, the ANA and ANP do not have ties to the local population - an essential ingredient in counterinsurgency operations. The Afghan Local Police initiative is an attempt to close this gap. A 'bottom-up' approach some have called it. Read a criticism of the ALP in "Afghanistan: Can Iraq-Style Militias Tackle the Taliban?", Time, October 27, 2010.