Afghans see warlord footprints in new police force (AP) – 9th Edition

In this Feb. 20, 2011 photo provided by NATO Training Mission-Afghanistan, trainees at the Afghan National Police Academy stand in formation during a visit to the academy by a U.S. Congressional delegation Sunday, Feb. 20, 2011, in Kabul, Afghanistan. The police demonstrated the clearing a building and search for suspects at the NATO Training Mission-Afghanistan supported training site. (Photo/U.S. Navy, Petty Officer 2nd Class Ernesto Hernandez Fonte)AP – The village-level fighting forces the U.S. is fostering in hopes of countering the Taliban insurgency — the concept that turned the tide of the Iraq war — are having a rocky start, with complaints that recruits are not consistently vetted for ties to criminals and warlords.

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