Afghan police training halted

US Forces in Afghanistan have said they have stopped training new recruits to the Afghan Local Police amid a spike in the number of insider attacks which are damaging trust between Afghans and their allies.

US: Taliban responsible for 25% of Afghan insider killings

The Afghan Local Police is a project of US General David Petraeus, the predecessor of US General John Allen, who took over the post of commander of foreign forces in Afghanistan in 2011.

Allen thinks about 25 per cent of insider killings are done by the Taliban who have infiltrated Afghan security personnel. Other insider killings are caused by other reasons, like personal dislike

The insider killings are especially worrying as security change plans build up momentum, which will mean foreign soldiers are due to leave Afghanistan by the close of 2014.

US Forces probe current Afghan Police

US Forces said they will stop training about 1,000 new Afghan Local Police recruits in the short-term while they probe members in the current the 16,000-man NATO-trained force.

We believe this is a necessary step to validate our vetting process and ensure the quality indicative of Afghan Local Police.

– US Forces

An ALP member shot dead two US Special Forces soldiers in August. Other rogue attacks, such as the killing of three Australian soldiers a few days ago, were done by men doning the ALP uniforms.

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US stops training Afghan police after insider attacks

US Forces in Afghanistan have said they have stopped training new recruits to the Afghan Local Police amid a spike in the number of insider attacks which are damaging trust between Afghans and their allies.

Afghan police officers during a graduation ceremony at the interior ministry in Kabul.
Afghan police officers during a graduation ceremony at the interior ministry in Kabul. Credit: Reuters

The ALP is a militia force, established two years ago by US troops, in villages where the Afghan police force - a separate body trained by NATO - is not strong. The ALP has been accused of abuse and corruption.

Shootings have killed 45 NATO-led troops so far in 2012, 15 in August alone, this is inspite of the coalition trying to stop them by making foreign soldiers carry loaded weapons at all times.