Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Afghan Local Police (ALP) - "Bad Guys" or "Worse Guys"?

A recent news article by Luke Mogelson entitled "Bad Guys vs. Worse Guys in Afghanistan" ( The New York Times, October 19, 2011) explores the benefits and problems associated with the Afghan Local Police (ALP). The ALP is a Ministry of Interior (MoI) program where local police are formed and trained at the community or village level in rural areas of Afghanistan. The coalition element responsible for oversight on the ALP is CFSOCC-A or Combined Forces Special Operations Component Command - Afghanistan. Mogelson's article, which is not entirely complimentary, is extensive and delves into the dynamics of ALP within Baghlan Province in northern Afghanistan. The ALP is an integral part of Village Stability Operations or VSO - the methodology that CFSOCC-A is using to help the Afghans implement security, governance, and development in a bottom-up approach.

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