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Afghanistan’s Paramilitary Policing in Context. The Risks of Expediency

Antonio Giustozzi Mohammad Isaqzadeh

Despite representing the bulk of Afghanistan’s post-2001 policing, the paramilitary dimension of the Afghan police has received little attention among analysts. In AAN’s latest report, ‘Paramilitary Policing in Context. The Risks of Expediency’, Antonio Giustozzi and Mohammad Isaqzadeh describe the origin and development of paramilitary policing in Afghanistan, and explore what this means for the […]

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ALP programme might create a rude Afghan awakening

Thomas Ruttig

Is the new Afghan Local Police one of the new silver bullets for successful transition or just a new militia? General Petraeus who designed the programme (after a similar one in Iraq) claims the first while some media already see abuses, as signs for the latter. But until recently, reports about such ‘ALP abuses’ were […]

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ANALYSIS: Afghan police – civilians or combatants?

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IRIN, 7 April 2011 This author-less article of the UN news agency says that ‘discrepancies in the number of civilian casualties of war in Afghanistan and the varying levels of blame attributed to warring parties by the UN and human rights organizations could, in part, be due to different interpretations of the legal status of […]

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Filmmaker mocks Afghan police corruption with ‘reverse bribes’

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McClatchy, 18 June 2010 “On behalf of the city of Kabul and the Kabul police, if you have paid a bribe or ‘tip’ to someone in the past, I apologize,” the officer says in Dari to the disbelieving driver. “Please take 100 Afghanis.”

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On Commander Razeq again

Joanna Nathan

AAN member JOANNA NATHAN draws attention to the recent “mistaken” killing of civilians by Kandahar’s border police, which has gone largely unnoticed. So Commander Razeq is once again in the news with dead civilians on his men’s hands. TheNew York Times reports that seven people mistakenly thought to be insurgents were shot by the border police […]

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Aid Workers and the Military

Thomas Ruttig

Let’s start 2010 with something positive: German chancellor Angela Merkel commended the work of civilian aid workers in Afghanistan in her New Year address, before mentioning policemen and soldiers. That was an interesting and long overdue accent in Chancellor Angela Merkel’s New Year TV address: She commended the ‘many civilian helpers, the policemen and our […]

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The master of Spin Boldak

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Harper’s Magazine, December 2009 Matthieu Aikins’ undercover reportage ‘with Afghanistan’s drug-trafficking border police’ commander Abdul Raziq – an exemplaric story

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