Local Afghan militia's numbers set to rise to cater to security needs following withdrawal of inter
London, May 26 (ANI): The number of officials of a local Afghan militia is set rise, who would serve as a replacement of international troops after their withdrawal from Afghanistan in 2014, it has emerged.
An Afghan security force Afghan Local Police (ALP), which has previously faced corruption allegations, is to be doubled in size as the West embarks on its exit path from the war.
Coalition commanders say the government militia, has proved to be highly effective in combating the insurgency in their own back yard, and it needs to be strengthened.
The ranks of the Afghan Local Police (ALP) are set to rise from the current 15,000 to 30,000 as international troops begin preparations for a withdrawal in 2014, a deadline reiterated at this week's international summit in Chicago.
Officials in Kabul, who strongly refuted charges of malpractice against the force, claimed that the numbers should be further augmented by another 10,000 if necessary.
According to The Independent, senior officers have warned that too hasty a reduction would prove damaging at a difficult time with fledgling Afghan forces taking over control of security throughout the country.
The ALP was set up by General David Petraeus when he commanded Isaf (the International Security Assistance Force) in Afghanistan. It is partly modelled on militias, which turned the tide against the Iraqi insurgency when he was leading Coalition forces in that country.
However, Sami Sadaat, a security analyst and former policy analyst in the Ministry of the Interior, warned saying, "We must be careful of what we are creating."
He claimed that in some southern parts of the country the local police "are taking the law into their own hands, beating people and taking money. Yes, they helped remove the Taliban. But in a way they replaced them by doing these kinds of things." (ANI)
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