What About Those Afghan Militias?

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Wednesday, December 09, 2009 at 12:28 pm

Sen. Bob Casey (D-Pa.) echoed Afghan human rights official Nader Nadery: What prevents the Community Defense Initiative, in which the U.S. backs local paramilitaries, from becoming new and entrenched militias or otherwise contributing to destabilization?

“It’s very important,” Gen. David Petraeus said, “making sure the warlords won’t come back.” Time ran out to answer the question this round, but Petraeus said the Community Defense Initiative “won’t be something akin to the Anbar Awakening in Iraq,” which Nadery and others have worried is too much of a template for much different conditions in Afghanistan. “But what we can do is help. It’s a village-by-village, valley-by-valley effort. And we’re using some of our best Special Forces teams to experiment with this.” That, I think, is the first time we’ve gotten clarification that this is a Joint Special Operations Command program, which raises questions about Gen. Stanley McChrystal’s ability to control the program, since he does not command JSOC forces. But I could have missed something.

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marc
Comment posted December 9, 2009 @ 1:52 pm

Hundreds, perhaps thousands of low level Taliban foot soldiers who had surrendered to U.S. allied Warlords at the beginning of the war were executed and buried in mass graves. At best JSOC forces stood aside and allowed it to happen, at worst some may have overseen the slaughter. At any rate it at least shows JSOC like the CIA doesn't always have control over the bad actors they set in motion.


marc
Comment posted December 9, 2009 @ 6:52 pm

Hundreds, perhaps thousands of low level Taliban foot soldiers who had surrendered to U.S. allied Warlords at the beginning of the war were executed and buried in mass graves. At best JSOC forces stood aside and allowed it to happen, at worst some may have overseen the slaughter. At any rate it at least shows JSOC like the CIA doesn't always have control over the bad actors they set in motion.


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