Thursday, December 22, 2011
Special Operations and the Afghan Local Police (ALP) - Important Key to Transition
A recent online post on the Foreign Policy web site cites the importance of the Afghan Local Police (ALP) program to the successful transition to Afghan security forces and exit of U.S. forces from Afghanistan. The post also poses a number of concerns of the Special Operations assisted ALP endeavor. Read the article in "Keeping control of bad choices", The AFPAK Channel, December 20, 2011. The author of The AFPAK Channel post, Rachel Reid, also co-authored a critical report about the ALP while working for Human Rights Watch entitled "Just Don't Call it a Militia" published in September 2011. A recent memorandum by ISAF on December 6, 2011 has responded to the Human Rights Watch piece and can be viewed here on the ISAF website.