Afghan police: corruption, heroin and tea boys

Afghan police: corruption, heroin and tea boysBBC reporter Ben Anderson spent five weeks with the US Marines serving as advisers to the Afghan security forces in Helmand province. During this trip, on the instructions of the BBC TV program Panorama, which deals with investigative journalism, he was faced with numerous cases of corruption and crime in the ranks of Afghan law enforcement officers.

The police are close to their abductions, corruption, drugs, murder and crimes against children. But in the Sangin area - the most dangerous point in Afghanistan - some policemen are not investigating these crimes, but are committing.

Politicians rant that the transfer of responsibility for providing security to the Afghan forces is proceeding smoothly and they are quite ready to cope with this task after the NATO contingent leaves the country.

Having recently visited Helmand, British Defense Secretary Philip Hammond said that "the transfer [of powers] is going very well - according to plan." "Afghans are acquiring the necessary skills faster than we expected, and we have every reason to believe that they will be able to provide security after the withdrawal of international forces," he said.

And the outgoing commander of NATO troops, General John Allen, is overwhelmed with enthusiasm: "Afghan forces protect the Afghan people and allow the government of the country to serve its citizens. This is a victory. That is success, and don't be shy to say such big words."

The reality in Sangin, however, looks very different.

I spent five weeks with the American marines, who took the baton from British troops in 2010 here, in southern Afghanistan. I hoped to get an idea of ​​how successfully the Afghan forces were able to prepare to take responsibility for this region.

Marijuana and heroin

During my business trip to Sangin, only two units from the 18 Marines were deployed each time every few days to train the Afghan army and police.

The rest of the US military rarely leave their main base.

Due to the growing danger of sabotage by the militants who have penetrated the ranks of the Afghan forces — green-on-blue attacks, as they are called — the Americans live completely separate from their Afghan allies. Entering the Afghan base, the Americans are holding weapon on alert.

When traveling outside the unit, marines from the United States also see a far from rosy picture. At one of the checkpoints, Afghan soldiers openly smoked marijuana. The two policemen who were assigned to reinforce the observation tower with sandbags obviously used something more successful - perhaps heroin or opium.

When three weeks after my departure one of them was wounded, an American medic found a bag of heroin in his pocket.

Corruption instead of salary

Major Bill Stoyber leads a group of police advisers and spends a lot of time at its headquarters, interacting with high Afghan police officers.

According to him, the scope of corruption is impressive. He compared the situation with the Clan Soprano mafia TV series: “The scale is enormous — from stealing ammunition to fuel theft. ".

He says police sometimes sell ammunition and weapons at the local bazaar - including rocket launchers. Thus, the weapons whose supplies were paid for by the Allied forces could well fall into the hands of the Taliban.

One of the fortified patrol posts was declared unsafe for a stay - because the Afghan police had taken them apart and sold it for scrap to armored plates.

Major Stoiber says that foreign military advisers, given local circumstances, have to confront themselves with limited tasks and not to forget that sometimes the Afghan police simply cannot work without corruption. Many cops simply cannot live on their salaries, he explains.

“If we cut off all their corruption schemes, the police would lose all effectiveness,” admits Bill Stoyber.

The problem of "tea boys"

However, the major acknowledges that there are things that need to be waged an uncompromising struggle - for example, with the sexual abuse of police officials in respect of minors.

In all the police stations of Sangin, where I have been, I met teenagers — some were armed, others looked like servants. They are called here "tea boys". According to Stoiber, they are often sexually exploited.

The problem is widespread. While I was in Sangin, four such teenagers were shot while trying to escape from the police, three of them died as a result. None of the policemen involved were arrested.

“Try to work this way every day with child abusers, robbers, murderers. Over time, it becomes harder to endure,” the American major admits.

The Afghan authorities say they are fighting corruption, and that the police and army are ready to take full responsibility for the security of the country.
But I myself saw that corruption and crime had deep roots in the Sangin police. It was this practice that led many Afghans to meet the Taliban with open arms in the 1996 year. Was it really for the sake of war and blood was shed?
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  1. 0
    28 February 2013 06: 33
    Good morning everyone! hi Speak to the Afghan police! Well, it’s the same if America refuses hegemony! All this is not possible, even if they want to! Afghanistan fought for many decades, they cultivated drugs more and they do not know how. Well, Americans do not need a civilized (more or less) Afghanistan. For them, the main thing is to send caravans of drugs to the right destination. And I am very sure that they also get money from this, although I can’t confirm it.
    1. 0
      28 February 2013 07: 12
      The author of the Air Force forgot to add that all this is a product of the United States itself. It is the United States that made Afghanistan what it is today. hi
  2. Vanek
    28 February 2013 07: 20
    In theory, everything is fine, but in practice - reality!
  3. Fox
    28 February 2013 07: 29
    personally knowing Afghans - "tea boys" invention of mattress covers. And yet, it is strange that the shitheads did not notice drug addiction among the "liberators".
    1. +2
      28 February 2013 18: 22
      No, it’s the national tradition of this people and is described by historians, it’s not necessary to erect slander on the staff and so there are enough sins.
  4. fenix57
    28 February 2013 07: 36
    "the transfer [of authority] is going very well - in accordance with the plan": How could it be otherwise.
  5. 0
    28 February 2013 08: 20
    After the departure of the amers, the Afghan government will last a maximum of two weeks. Who will disentangle this porridge? The question is rhetorical ... sad
  6. Guun
    28 February 2013 08: 51
    After the departure of the USSR, there was no such mess with the Taliban, cultivation and use of everything that intoxicates was punished by the death penalty, rape the death penalty, all who worked in the USSR executed everyone. There was less order for less than a short time, then came the NATO, and then you know for yourself. The Taliban all this mob, drug dealers, the Afghan army, rapist officials and all who helped the Americans and NATO cut it to the root, this is not the first time it has passed. But how else to deal with those who sold their homeland and so made a lousy life?
    1. +2
      28 February 2013 18: 35
      The order is good, the giant statues of Buddha, which are about 1000 years old, were blown up, everyone who worked with the USSR is the majority of the population, that the Taliban are homosexuals, so this is also not a secret, take an interest, it is well said on the internet. They tried to instill socialism in them - it didn’t work, capitalism didn’t work, bombing one way out than saving them from torment and hereditary piderast, as they liquidated Sadom and Gamorra. And yet, it is impossible to accuse the French and Americans of "fraud", 95% of the population are not involved in ass-licking affairs, and tolerants are a pitiful minority, but smelly, so they adopted the laws. But in Saudi Arabia, there are prohibitive laws for the love of people, but they do not work, although a woman will be stoned for a fallen veil, and the fact that the Salafis have a priest, the main religious symbol, is well known to everyone.