The Afghan Local Police (ALP) was established by U.S. special operations forces to provide for local security in key remote districts of Afghanistan. Each of the community defense forces received training and assistance from U.S. SOF for a few years; but that changed with the withdrawal of U.S. forces over time in 2013 through to the present period. Currently, the United States maintains a Special Operations Advisory Group (SOAG) to provide training, advice, and assistance to the ALP Directorate at the Ministry of Interior (MoI). The RAND Corporation recently published a report with findings on the current state of the ALP and recommendations on how to improve the program. Read more in "Afghan Local Police - Assessing Afghan MoI Support for ALP", SOF News, August 1, 2016.