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denem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-04-09 12:09 PM
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Afghan National Police penetrated by Taliban at 'every level'
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Edited on Wed Nov-04-09 12:45 PM by denem
Source: Telegraph UK

The Afghan National Police have been penetrated by the Taliban at every level with officers poorly trained, corrupt and some addicted to drugs, a former Army officer has said.

Capt Doug Beattie, who served two tours in Afghanistan working with the ANP, said many police officers are in the paid of insurgents and were more loyal to their tribes than the Afghan government.

British officers say that among low-ranking Afghan police, and particularly in more rural areas away from central control, there is widespread corruption and disloyalty.

Parts of the ANP play an active role in helping the Taliban and drug warlords get opium and heroin onto the international market. The police are poorly paid and educated, earning about $200 a month, so are vulnerable to corruption.

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Peter Galbraith, a former deputy head of the United Nations mission in Afghanistan said "Normally the police get an eight-week training course. That is actually very short and there isn't a lot of vetting of police before they are hired. And actually, in recent months, they shortened the training programme from eight weeks to five weeks because they wanted to get more police boots on the ground in advance of the elections."
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