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Afghan Spy Agency Enlists Villagers to Hold Off Islamic State

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Wall Street Journal, 5 April 2016

The US newspaper reports the mechanisms, funding and an example in Kot district of the People’s Uprising Program, a new paramilitary armament programme “to hold territory the army has recaptured from Islamic State in three districts” of Nangrahar. The fighters, “more than a thousand men [in Kot alone], … are on the payroll of the … National Directorate of Security, which receives funding from the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency.” and is managed by the Independent Directorate of Local Governance.