While Afghanistan’s President Hamid Karzai might blame the United States for the instablility ravaging his country, he might want to look at the latest incident with the Afghani police force as a hint that his own forces shoulder plenty of blame.
The latest event could be considered the most heinous act yet in what has been a string of killings by Afghan police and security forces by members of those agencies.
Reuters reports that an Afghan police officer drugged all 17 of his colleagues, then called in the Taliban and helped the religious extremists shoot and kill those police officers.
This is just the latest and deadliest report of incidents like this involving the Afghan Local Police (ALP). The ALP program is the brainchild of the United States army.
The goal of the ALP program is to get local Afghan citizens to police and secure their individual areas.Since the program started, the ALP has been beset with Taliban moles who have wreaked havoc and taken lives from the inside.
The Malaysian Insider indicates that this attack, in the province of Ghazni included the killing of seven officers who were still in training and were not full active police officers.
The Taliban later claimed responsibility by sending a text message to various news outlets. It is issues like this that has led Afghan President Karzai to try and push the United States out of his country bit by bit.
Karzai recently told the US special forces they must withdraw from the Maidan Wardack province. While this particular incident can’t be traced back directly to US forces, the fact that the ALP is their creation is bound to raise a few eyebrows in a region that doesn’t have a lot of love for the United States.