Afghanistan’s soldiers and police aren’t measuring up - Macleans.ca
 

Afghanistan’s soldiers and police aren’t measuring up

Only 23% of soldiers and 12% of police can be trusted to work unsupervised, says U.S. investigator


 

U.S. and coalition forces have not successfully trained Afghan security forces, says a new report by the U.S. Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, Arnold Fields. He says that only 23% of Afghan
soldiers and 12% of police can work unsupervised, partially due to corruption. Some senior officers were found to be stealing food and fuel, others are accused of selling weapons. Turnover is another problem. Even the
“premier” National Civil Order Force lost three quarters of its recruits in the space of a year. The U.S. has spent 28.4 billion (CAD) on training security forces in Afghanistan. Defence minister Peter McKay announced in April that Canada will continue training police after the planned pullout in 2011.

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