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Report raises concerns about new Afghan security force

President Hamid Karzai has said that replacing the private companies is an important step toward Afghan sovereignty. President Hamid Karzai has said that replacing the private companies is an important step toward Afghan sovereignty.
By Ray Rivera
New York Times / November 2, 2011

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President Hamid Karzai’s plan to disband private security companies that protect billions of dollars worth of aid projects and replace them with government forces is fraught with problems and unlikely to meet the president’s March deadline to complete the transition, according to a six-month assessment of the program. The assessment, conducted by NATO and the Afghan Interior Ministry, outlines dozens of issues that have slowed the development of the new security force, and it raises questions about the government’s capacity to carry out and sustain the program.

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