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What America's Leaving Behind in Afghanistan: Trained Militias Accused of Rape and Murder

The U.S.-trained Afghan Local Police have been accused of committing serious human rights abuses.

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ISAF and the Afghan government must work together to ensure that there is greater oversight and control over ALP units by the national police and that mechanisms are in place to hold human rights abusers accountable. Congress must demand detailed plans from the Pentagon on measures taken to improve vetting and accountability for the ALP program. 

It is especially important that all allegations of abuse are fully investigated and prosecuted. In a country that has suffered from years of war, it is America’s responsibility to monitor this program and ensure greater protections for the local population. 


Jennifer Norris is a former UN staff member for the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan.

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