No, really. I know it sounds like I must be kidding, but according to the BBC the Afghan National Army and the Afghan National Police are doing stuff. Bad stuff. Stuff that would get President Karzai upset if he knew about it – but he mustn’t know about it, because he’s busy tossing US SF troops out of Wardak province instead;
Because of the growing risk of deadly insider – or “green on blue” – attacks, the Americans live completely apart from their Afghan counterparts. Whenever the Americans enter the Afghan side of the base, they have their weapons cocked, ready to fire.
When they did go out, what the marines saw was far from encouraging. At one checkpoint, the Afghan police were openly smoking marijuana. Two other police officers, assigned to fill sandbags to fortify a watchtower, were high on something stronger – probably opium or heroin. When one of the police commanders was shot, three weeks after I left, the American medics who saved him found a bag of heroin in his pocket.
The article actually gets worse, if you can believe that. I know this will shock no one who has followed this war closely.
He said the police sometimes sell ammunition and weapons in the local bazaar, including rocket-propelled grenades. So weapons paid for by the allied forces could well be ending up in the hands of the Taliban.
In one instance, a patrol base was deemed unsafe to stay in because the Afghan police were selling off the security walls as scrap metal.
It keeps on getting worse – so bad that you’ll have to click over to read it. But, then a carcass rots from the head down, doesn’t it? We should rig it for demolition.
Thanks to ROS for the link.