A new Newsweek/Pro Publica investigation into the training of the ANA is all kinds of grim:
America has spent more than $6 billion since 2002 in an effort to create an effective Afghan police force, buying weapons, building police academies, and hiring defense contractors to train the recruits—but the program has been a disaster.
How bad is it? The only bright spot in the entire program is thanks to the efforts of the Italian carabinieri. Read the whole thing; it lays out in detail just how screwed up the security situation is in Afghanistan.
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