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Afghan militias, police accused of abuses

Last Updated: Monday, September 12, 2011 - 15:48

Kabul: Human Rights Watch says Afghan militias and some units of a US-backed local police force have been committing abuses, including stealing from homes and beating residents.
The New York-based rights group says in a 102-page report released on Monday that the Afghan government and American military need to take steps to ensure irregular militias are disbanded and police made accountable.

The Afghan Local Police was set up a year ago to bolster the national police and Army and help provide security in places where forces are thin. They are to help provide security until enough Afghan Army and police forces are recruited to take over security for Afghanistan when foreign combat forces leave at the end of 2014.

The US-led coalition, also known as ISAF, said it would review the report.

Bureau Report

First Published: Monday, September 12, 2011 - 15:48
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