Sunday, December 30, 2012

German Concerns On Training the Afghan Police Force

Afghan police instructor Tarek (far right), conducts a training exercise in Mazar-e-Sharif. As the withdrawal of Western troops approaches, such efforts appear to have been insufficient. Andreas Ulrich/ DER SPIEGEL

Ineffective And Unsustainable Failure Threatens Afghan Police Training Mission -- Spiegel Online

German officials have been training police in Afghanistan for a decade, but a visit to their training center in Mazar-e-Sharif creates major doubts about the effectiveness of the mission. Afghan police remain poorly prepared to tackle the mighty challenges they will face as Western forces withdraw.

The Afghan national sport is called buzkashi. It's a game in which horsemen battle over a goat carcass. There are no established teams.

During a match, the competitors forge brief, continuously shifting alliances. They only work together until they have gained a short-term advantage. The game can last for hours, even days. The winner is the rider who manages to carry the carcass to the goal. Buzkashi is a mirror of Afghan society.

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My Comment: No one said that this was going to be easy, but you would think that after 11 years of war and training Afghan's security forces .... we would have something more to show for it.

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