An Afghan police men investigate at the site of a suicide attack in outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, Feb 1, 2009.
CTV.ca | U.S. plan to arm militias scares some in Afghanistan
MAIDAN SHAHR, Afghanistan -- A U.S.-backed plan to create militias and give them guns to fight the Taliban is drawing criticism from local authorities in areas where the first units are being rolled out, raising questions as to whether the effort can succeed in Afghanistan.Quote has been trimmed
The militias have been compared to the U.S.-fostered Awakening Councils in Iraq, which have often been credited with reducing violence there, and are similar to neighboring Pakistan's tribal armies which also have been touted as a success.
On Saturday, Afghanistan's interior minister announced the program had begun, and that the United States would be paying for all aspects, including buying Kalashnikov automatic rifles for members of the Afghan Public Protection Force.
One skeptical Afghan official said only criminals would join because most citizens wouldn't want to face the Taliban in combat. And critics question the wisdom of handing out weapons to Afghans when the government and UN have been trying to reduce the number of arms in the country. They fear the plan could stoke rivalries between ethnic groups with a bloody past.
"One of the causes of violence in Afghanistan is because most people do not give up their weapons. Now you want to again give weapons to the...
What may have worked in Iraq may not work in Afghanistan..... two different wars, two different countries.
This does seem like a quick fix to get more troops.... but as they said above, similar attempts failed miserably and those aux. police they mentioned above turned out to be worse then the Taliban themselves, based on what Afghans have reported. (ie: Briberies to pass a paticular road, taking of supplies from villagers, etc.)