It's About Time Afghan Police Get an Education

During my three previous trips into Afghanistan, I had numerous encounters with the Afghan National Police.

DND PHOTO: CPL. JEAN-FRANCOIS NERON
A member of the Afghan National Police plays music during a lull in a training session in Panjwaii district, Afghanistan, in May 2008.
Scott Taylor
Published: Wednesday, 02/18/2009 12:00 am EST

During my three previous trips into Afghanistan, I had numerous encounters with the Afghan National Police. My colleagues—Canadian defence reporter David Pugliese and Australian war correspondent Sasha Uzunov—and I would grow our hair and beards and wear the local clothing, including pakhul hats and turbans. While such precautions may have prevented our detection as foreigners from those who saw us from farther than 200 metres, we were well aware that inside that distance, the three of us stood out on the crowded Afghan streets.

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