A local Afghan child asks a U.S. Special Operations Forces team member for candy during a meeting with an Afghan Local Police checkpoint commander in Zharay district, Kandahar province. The team conducts regular visits to ALP checkpoints in the area to ensure their progress in providing security to the local villages by denying enemies of Afghanistan access to the local population. (via ISAF Media, Facebook)
Afghan Local Police recruits under close supervision of Afghan Local Police and coalition forces killed a number of enemy insurgents in Shaghowlay village, Qara Bagh district Saturday.
The ALP recruits and coalition forces received small arms and machine gun fire while conducting a routine patrol through the village. After repelling the attack, the ALP held a shura (meeting) with a local religious leader who indicated the Taliban insurgents had been using a mosque as a staging and collection point for attacks.”
If they’re under such close supervision, how come the recruits are the ones doing the killing? But it’s all better now, ‘cuz they held a shura. Which is defined for roughly the umpteenth time in ISAF press releases.
“The ALP refresher course covered basic trauma medical care, infantry tactics, movement techniques, escalation of force, reporting requirements and basic maintenance of official vehicles. The course was taught using the ‘train the trainer’ concept. It is very important for participants to return to their check-points and train their ALP partners.”
A big part of quality police is infantry tactics. Good to see they’ll soon be ready to be actual cops.