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.
#OJT for everyone
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."
#they're just like cops but not at all
A big part of quality police is infantry tactics. Good to see they’ll soon be ready to be actual cops.
"The addition of the solar-powered street lights will greatly help when the ALP conduct their security patrols. Insurgents won’t be able to hide in the darkness after intimidating local villagers."
Plus, it makes it that much easier for the ALP to conduct their own intimidation.
1/7 Marines train with ALP, learn them some strategy →
U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Joseph Kulwicki, front right, a team leader with Police Advisor Team 2, Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 6, instructs Afghan Local Police (ALP) in Sangin, Helmand province, Afghanistan May 31, 2012. ALP members were instructed on military strategy as they prepare to take the lead for security in the area.
So the (apparently strategic) corporal is teaching military strategy to the member of the local security force that actually has no police powers of any kind, but since we don’t wanna call ‘em a militia, we have to call them something, and all the good names were taken by failed versions of the same program.