Why can’t the Karzai regime keep from appointing police commanders who are Taliban sympathizers? Why don’t they recruit in moderate mosques instead of extremist ones? What’s that? There is no such sharp delineation? Jihadists move freely among peaceful Muslims? What are you, some kind of Islamophobe?
KABUL, Afghanistan “” Ahmed Haidari knows that when he graduates from the Kabul police academy this month, he will take on one of the most dangerous “” and most poorly paid “” jobs in Afghanistan.
But what worries him more than the Taliban extremists, who increasingly are aiming their attacks at the lightly armed and poorly equipped police, is the thought he may be posted to work in a remote region under a corrupt commander.
“My friends who have been sent to the provinces say their officers have told them to steal from the people and take money from criminals,” the 23-year-old recruit said just days before his graduation ceremony. “I’m scared of getting a police commander who works with the Taliban.”
There are plenty of reasons for a new officer to be uneasy. Police are dying at a record rate this year, easy targets for Taliban forces who, after losing hundreds of fighters in head-on confrontations with NATO forces last summer, have turned to suicide and hit-and-run attacks.
The Washington Times reported in early June that more than 200 police officers had been killed in the previous 10 weeks.
“These days, [the Taliban] are killing police, not army soldiers so much,” Mr. Haidari said as several fellow trainees nodded. “We are still ready.”