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The U.S. Military Uses 'Cop Shows' To Train Security

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After the United States' rapid withdrawal from Afghanistan several years ago (following operations in the area for well over a decade), there's been a big initiative for remaining American advisers to train a new Afghan police and security force in order to continue to manage the conflict in the area.

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The Special Inspector General for Afghan Reconstruction, or SIGAR, has been bringing in U.S. military aviators, infantry officers and civilian contractors in order to train the Afghan Local Police, or ALP, and has been doing so for years now. However, according to SIGAR inspector general John Sopko, things could be going much better.

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In particular, Sopko's comments seem to paint the current operation as making the ALP something more like a paramilitary organization or a militia than any real organized police force.

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