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    Afghan Local Police graduate in the Arghandab District



    Story by Spc. Ashley Bowman 

    NATO Special Operations Component Command-Afghanistan

    ZABUL PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Provincial, district and local village leadership culminated the training of 29 Afghan Local Police with a graduation ceremony at the Arghandab District Center, Oct. 27.

    Provincial Chief of Police, Fazel Ahmad Shirzad, and the Provincial Governor, Mohammed Ashraf Naseri, addressed village elders, Afghan National Security Forces leadership and local citizens who attended the graduation.

    “These men have a great responsibility to help protect their citizens from insurgency. With the training they have received, they are equipped to respond to incidents involving local matters,” Shirzad said.

    Coalition Special Operations Force team members stated the addition of 29 new local police is vital in augmenting security in the Arghandab river valley.

    “The ALP provide villagers with organic security assets and start to fill the void in security,” a coalition SOF team member said.

    Prior to the graduation of new ALP members, villagers requested the presence of ANSF to provide resistance to insurgents in the area. Since then, both Afghan government and security force leadership have been responsible for participating in the process of recruitment, vetting, training and equipping the ALP to secure their villages.

    “Congratulations to every graduating member of the ALP today,” Shirzad said. “I encourage village elders to bring peace to Arghandab by participating in the ALP program.”



    Date Taken: 10.27.2011
    Date Posted: 11.02.2011 06:30
    Story ID: 79409
    Location: ZABUL PROVINCE, AF

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