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US-Supported Afghan Militias to Expand, Despite Atrocities | Antiwar.com

The U.S. policy of arming and supporting violent, criminal Afghan militias to fight Taliban insurgents in villages across Afghanistan is in the process of being expanded, according to a senior officer in NATO-led war.

The Afghan Local Police (ALP) was created in July 2010, intended to supplement the Afghan national army at the community and village level in the lead up to the drawdown of U.S. occupation forces. In March 2011, General Petraeus told the U.S. Senate that the ALP is “arguably the most critical element in our effort to help Afghanistan develop the capacity to secure itself.”

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