Details from day one.
The challenges facing Afghan civil society to overcome militarism will be daunting. Over the past few years far-reaching partnerships, arrangements and designations have sought to use military aid, training, and equipment to build up government security forces in order to define the transition period (2014 – 2024). Far fewer resources are being invested in strategies that can begin to address root causes.
Instead of soldiers, armed contractors, and covert action what if we supported peace-building, reconciliation and healing?
For Afghan alternatives look at the sites below.
Project 50 | Portraits – People – Lifestyle – Arts
Our man in Kabul
Afghanistan: Its people and daily life through pictures
Missing from the today’s commentary is the militarized super-structure that the US is funding. Afghans deserve better.
Afghanistan National Security Forces (30 September 2013)
176,818 - Afghan National Army
153,153 - Afghan National Police
6.616 - Afghan Air force
Afghan Special Forces
24,286 Afghan Local Police (Trained by US Special-Forces)
19,612 Afghan Public Protection (to replace private armed contractors)
US Military and Contractors
64,000 - Troops Deployed in Afghanistan (September 2013)
85,528 - DoD Contractors (October 2013)
14,056 - DoD Private (October 2013)
Total Forces: 544,069
Number of US Troops from SIGAR
Contractor numbers from CENTCOM Quarterly Contractor Census Report (DoD)
Afghan Security Forces from SIGAR