Finally some good news on the ANP

It is good to finally see some positive stories coming out of Afghanistan when it comes to training the Afghan National Police. Now if these could just start becoming common and not the exception.

While still primitive, U.S. Army Lt. Col. John Voorhees boasted of its progress when he visited one rainy day last week as a ragtag group of Afghan policemen — some still in summer uniforms — were lined up.Outside the building, there are damp tents furnished with bunk beds. A tarp hung over an outdoor eating area. There was a latrine and even a pingpong table made of scrap lumber.”I think we’ve moved from an F to a C or C-plus,” said Voorhees, commander of the 504th Military Police Battalion, which is deployed in Afghanistan’s largest city in the south. “They have hot showers, water, heated tents.”The substation is one of 16 that ring Kandahar to help keep the Taliban from getting into the city to launch attacks.Afghan policemen and American MPs live together at all of them, jointly protecting their piece of the city of 800,000. Ten substations are housed in buildings. Two are under construction. Four still operate in tents or temporary quarters.With hundreds more policemen on the streets, fewer insurgents are slipping into the city.There are 1,600 Afghan policemen in Kandahar. That’s 800 more than last year and the total is slated to rise to 2,100 by summer. They are partnered with 850 U.S. military policemen — up from 170 MPs last summer.The city is safer than it was, but it’s far from safe.

While still primitive, U.S. Army Lt. Col. John Voorhees boasted of its progress when he visited one rainy day last week as a ragtag group of Afghan policemen — some still in summer uniforms — were lined up.

Outside the building, there are damp tents furnished with bunk beds. A tarp hung over an outdoor eating area. There was a latrine and even a pingpong table made of scrap lumber.

“I think we’ve moved from an F to a C or C-plus,” said Voorhees, commander of the 504th Military Police Battalion, which is deployed in Afghanistan’s largest city in the south. “They have hot showers, water, heated tents.”

The substation is one of 16 that ring Kandahar to help keep the Taliban from getting into the city to launch attacks.

Afghan policemen and American MPs live together at all of them, jointly protecting their piece of the city of 800,000. Ten substations are housed in buildings. Two are under construction. Four still operate in tents or temporary quarters.

With hundreds more policemen on the streets, fewer insurgents are slipping into the city.

There are 1,600 Afghan policemen in Kandahar. That’s 800 more than last year and the total is slated to rise to 2,100 by summer. They are partnered with 850 U.S. military policemen — up from 170 MPs last summer.

The city is safer than it was, but it’s far from safe.

Read the rest at http://www.whptv.com/news/world/story/U-S-troops-see-progress-in-training-Afghan-police/tJFmw0kNUkuh3B40_taR5w.cspx


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  2. CharlesNo Gravatar says:

    Hopefully this holds true in the long run. I’m always a little wary of info coming directly from our military (which has a vested interest in the message). The recent successful Taliban attacks do seem to indicate that the ANP has a ways to go. My biggest concern is that as we draw-down, the discipline within the ANP will deteriorate. Old habits die hard. Hope I’m wrong

  3. TaylorNo Gravatar says:

    The ANP needs to keep going in this direction if Afghanistan truly wants to be able to stand on its own feet and rule its own country.

    I’m sure there are going to be considerable bumps in the road to come, but Americans need to get weened off as soon as possible and allow the Afgans to start taking care of their own matters.

    If they are truly motivated to do so, things will eventually work out in a positive manner.

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