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Afghans Debate Role of Local Militia | Institute for War and Peace Reporting

A profusion of local militias in the northern Afghan province of Baghlan are presenting a serious threat to security, according to participants in a recent IWPR debate.

The situation is further complicated by the semi-legal status of some of the armed groups, recruited by the government to try and help keep order.

In many parts of Afghanistan, villagers organised local units to resist the Taleban, improve security and allow reconstruction work. These irregular forces became known collectively as the National Uprising Movement. Some were absorbed into the Afghan Local Police (ALP), separate from the regular national police but formalised to bring them under the authority of the interior ministry.

Source: Afghans Debate Role of Local Militia | IWPR

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