I understand the pressure that the NATO Training Mission (Afghanistan) PAO (or as I’m starting to think of them: “Caldwell’s Barely Credible Communication Corps”, or “CBCC,” since if it’s military, it needs an acronym) is under to show that we’re not flushing money down the drain here, but that the work being done in this country is viable, sustainable, and above all, pressworthy.
So they posted a link to this article on their Facebook page. Yay! Unicorns delivering pizzas! The ANP are doing something! Kicking ass! Taking names! Getting that pesky insurgency in the south and east under control! Finally!
Better trained police take the lead in the last seven years, more than 26,000 citizens in northern Afghanistan have entered the ranks of the police and recruitment is increasing. Officials in Afghan National Police’s 303 Pamir Zone that serves the Mazar-e-Sharif area report that their improved training techniques have produced encouraging results.
Oh. It’s in the north. That part of the country where sure, there are incidents, but where the insurgency has never had the foothold that it has had in the south and the east.
General Baba Jan adds that in the provinces of Badakhshan, Takhar and Fayab dozens of government opponents have joined the peace process.
General Baba Jan praised the co-operation of people with police in the northern region and says: “The co-operation of the people in the north has helped our police to succeed.”
This is one of the prime concerns for those monitoring reintegration, that the majority of reintegrating fighters are coming from the north, where the insurgency hasn’t been as strong. They’re kind of the slacker insurgents: it’s an insurgency of convenience, sort of a jobs program, and if they can get a better job, they’re going to quit.
And, um, it was called the Northern Alliance for a reason, and neato: they’re still ready to rumble. Historically the northern part of Afghanistan has always been a stronghold of ISAF support. We gave them all the guns for a reason. Using security in that area as a measure of success makes about as much sense as mittens for kittens: it’s interesting, but ultimately useless.