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‘Spiraling Increases’ in Afghan Police Deaths

Posted on Oct 1, 2009

Reports also criticize the “quick fix” training of police recruits, which sometimes lasts only three weeks before they must engage Taliban militants in combat.

International efforts to expand Afghanistan’s security forces are being undermined by “spiraling increases” in violent deaths among the nation’s police officers as the eighth anniversary of the U.S. war approaches.

The Guardian:

International efforts to rapidly enlarge Afghanistan’s national police force are being undermined by “spiralling increases” in deaths and the growing use of “quick fix” training courses that give recruits as little as three weeks to prepare for fights with the Taliban, two highly critical reports have warned.

The documents, for different arms of the European Union mission in Afghanistan, warn that the soaring death rate among the country’s poorly trained and equipped police is deterring fresh recruits from coming forward and prompting many experienced officers to quit.

Building up a large and effective force capable of keeping insurgents out of villages is seen as essential to quelling the Taliban insurgency. In a document leaked last month the US general commanding Nato forces, Stanley McChrystal, called for an increase in police numbers to 160,000 from the current 82,000.

A European commission report recommends 136,000.

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By samosamo, October 1, 2009 at 2:31 pm Link to this comment

“”“spiraling increases” in violent deaths among the nation’s police officers as the eighth anniversary of the U.S. war approaches.”“

Great, ain’t it? Another american aniversary, an 8th one at that, coming up, seems we should fill times square and drop a ball, have huge fireworks displays and yeah, maybe another national holiday and video feed church services commemorating this magical most glorious event.

And still we are told that if we leave afghanistan we will be attacked again on our own soil, I just wonder again who the attackers will be since no one thinks anything strange or out of the ordinary happened when those ‘terrorists’ brought down the wtc towers and wtc 7 by demolition.

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By tony, October 1, 2009 at 2:27 pm Link to this comment
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Article should read:

“Brave Freedom fighters are winning the battle for good in their country”

The corrupt Iraqi police force, appointed by the American government; new
recruits of the occupied land, are dropping like flies.

Meanwhile, American media is still portraying the women, and children of the
resistance, as terrorist.

American citizens still ignoring their duty to control newly selected public
servants: particularly on foreign policy issues.

Support for new wars in middle east still continue.

Iran looks to protect it’s self from another middle east invasion, and occupation
by the American Citizenry.

Gaza still ignored despite evidence of war crimes committed by Israel, and it’s
american backers.

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By Jean Gerard, October 1, 2009 at 1:02 pm Link to this comment
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Not to worry.  Just as long as we get them into nice clean military outfits and looking like our civilized police, everything will be okay, right? After all,  they all want to be like us and we are only helping them, right?  And the answer is . . . . . . . 1. sarcasm?  2. a dangerous idea?  3.  cynicism?  4. a popular American belief

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By Folktruther, October 1, 2009 at 12:16 pm Link to this comment

The Afghans from all credible reports hate the police.  they are involved in the drug trade, which is common in police departnements, and are known for raping the boys of the villages.  they are of course most male, the women shown above being merely standard Prog propaganda for US oppression.

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By ocjim, October 1, 2009 at 11:48 am Link to this comment

The Taliban is a violent version of the neo-conservatives. The Taliban will kill their opponents to scare the populace and reduce opposition power.The neocons will try to demonize and discredit its opposition, killing them before the next election, while propagandizing the voter population. Of course, fear tactics are used in both cases but the neocons don’t directly shed blood. Their carnage is indirect: deaths from want of health care, fetuses perishing due to mercury in fish eaten by their mothers, gang violence due to reduction in education spending, the innocent victims of war, etc.

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By godistwaddle, October 1, 2009 at 11:37 am Link to this comment

Afghan patriots and freedom fighters probably see these police as what they are, stooges for an American imposed government.

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