Tribal Militias Could Be Enlisted For Security In Afghanistan

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
Maj. Gen. Robert Cone says commanders are "looking very carefully" at the "Sons of Iraq" program. Sunni fighters in Iraq are being paid to work on the side of the government.

Kandahar is southern Afghanistan's largest city and a former Taliban stronghold.

It's worked in Iraq -- and now, coalition commanders may try it in Afghanistan.

They're hoping to come up with a plan to use tribal militias to help with security there. They'd also need enough money to carry it out.

Maj. Gen. Robert Cone says commanders are "looking very carefully" at the "Sons of Iraq" program. Sunni fighters in Iraq are being paid to work on the side of the government.

Cone leads a program to train and equip government security forces in Afghanistan. He says he's asked for about 1,000 additional troops for a plan to speed up the training of Afghan Army soldiers.

Cone says Afghan officials, NATO commanders and his own command are talking about using Afghan tribes to help with such things as securing highways from insurgent attacks.

But with more than 400 tribes in the country -- and rivalries among some of them -- officials need to figure out what mix of people could be used.


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