Last June, local "auxiliary" police in southern Afghanistan, fighting alongside Dutch troops, helped repel a major Taliban assault on the lush Chora Valley. In the aftermath of the fighting, the Dutch commander singled out the local cops for praise. "Their morale is very high," said Lt. Col. Gino Van Der Voet.
But now NATO commanders in Afghanistan have decided to end local police training, fearing that cops in remote areas -- most of whom once fought for tribal warlords -- might one day turn their weapons against Kabul and the U.S.-led coalition. ...
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