The Afghans have decided that they want our police trainers out of their villages, you know those places where training police happens. The Karzai government seems to think that they don’t serve any other purpose than to attract terrorist violence says the Washington Post;
About 4,500 Special Operations personnel are charged with training the Afghan Local Police, or ALP, a force of 18,500 villagers who are armed, paid and taught to defend their communities against encroaching insurgents. The force, which operates in 94 districts, was slated to expand to 26,000 members by the end of 2014, with units dedicated to securing remote locations where traditional Afghan forces are weak or nonexistent.
Although Karzai approved the creation of the local police forces, he has long expressed a general opposition to the presence of Western troops in Afghan villages, saying they are often a source of instability and tension and could be easily replaced with an all-Afghan force.
“Our position is that such trainings should not take place in the Afghan villages,” Karzai spokesman Aimal Faizi said in an interview Monday. “The presence of foreign troops puts the lives of villagers in danger by attracting [insurgent] attacks.”
Yeah, I’m pretty sure those insurgent attacks against the police forces will certainly end when the trainers leave. Just like when were told that violence in Iraq would end when the Americans left that country. That’s been the case, right? It’s almost as if the Karzai government wants the Taliban to take over again. Did I say “almost”?