Afghanistan, February 2013: Anti-Taliban Militias
Recently, Afghanistan’s President Hamid Karzai ordered U.S. forces to leave Wardak province, partly in response to U.S.-funded militias in the region accused of “torturing, harassing, and murdering” ordinary civilians. The U.S. has been training and funding tribal militias in Afghanistan for years, hoping to emulate the success of a similar strategy in Iraq.
Farzad Akbari, the 12-year-old son of anti-Taliban militia commander Farhad Akbari, in Afghanistan’s volatile Logar province, host to a large number of armed groups and Taliban crossing over from Pakistan. Farzad’s father is grooming him to take control of the militia should he be killed. “The danger (of the Taliban) is real and it’s important I understand how the world works,” says Farzad. (© Vikram Singh)
Instances of abuse are common and well documented.
Afghanistan: Rein in Abusive Militias and Afghan Local Police
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