Training Afghan Forces


There's a phrase for it in Afghanistan, the "Green-on-Blue Attack" when Afghan police or army troops turn on the international soldiers training them. There have been 34 such attacks this year, 12 just last month. With the U.S. suspending its training, the questions are flying ... Is the training of Afghan security forces a waste of time? We debate this today.

Part Two of The Current

Training Afghan Forces

A quick glance at the fates of the kings and emirs of Afghanistan shows few left their thrones in old age. Assassinations are tempered with imprisonment and banishment. It seems Afghan rulers could rely on one thing at least -- their security forces are unreliable.

This week, the U.S. military suspended the training of the Afghan local police, following a series of attacks by Afghan security forces on U.S. soldiers. Training may resume once the military has revamped the vetting process for accepting trainees. Retired US army General James Marks told CNN that vetting isn't really the issue.

This year alone there have been 34 so-called "green on blue" attacks -- when members of the Afghan army or police turned on international troops. 45 people have been killed.

The attacks raise difficult questions about how secure the country will be when international troops pull out in 2014. But Canadian Major Steve Neta -- the Deputy Director of Public Affairs for the NATO Training Mission in Afghanistan -- says that Canada and its NATO allies are continuing to forge ahead with their training programs.

Ann Jones is a journalist and the author of Kabul in Winter and she argues that US and NATO's international resources are squandered on these training programs. She joins us from Olso, Norway. And Fariba Nawa is an Afghan American journalist and author of Opium Nation: Child Brides, Drug Lords and One Woman's Journey Through Afghanistan. She is in San Francisco.

This segment was produced by The Current's Kristin Nelson and Josh Bloch.

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