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AAN in the Media

Coalition halts expansion of local force meant to hold back the Taliban

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Stars and Stripes, 22 May 2020

In this report about a “pause” in the planned expansion – from 105 to 121 companies – of the Afghan National Army Territorial Force due to “supply issues” and “leadership gaps,” AAN’s Kate Clark is quoted:

Integrating the Taliban, however, could prove difficult for a force that relies on the “buy-in” of locals, said Kate Clark, senior analyst with Afghanistan Analysts Network.

“If you’re imposing something from the top that goes against local wishes, the pattern has been for local defense forces to go awry,” she said.