Wednesday, September 5, 2012 | Categories: Episodes
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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