Sunday, February 01, 2009

Afghanistan: New security unit for dangerous areas

Afghanistan's interior minister says plans are underway to form a U.S.-funded community program that will provide security in areas threatened by Taliban fighters.

Mohammad Hanif Atmar says the paramilitary-style force will use the same weapons as Afghan police, and will be assigned to protect schools, highways and other government institutions. He refused to say where the unit will operate, citing security concerns.

Atmar also says the security force will be under the command of the Interior Ministry, noting it is not a regional militia. He says the U.S. military in Afghanistan is supportive of the program.
Published by Mike Hitchen, Mike Hitchen Consulting
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