Afghanistan to disband irregular police force set up under NATO

Training of a new community militia called Interim Security for Critical Infrastructure (ISCI), takes place in Marjah, Afghanistan, in February 2011.


By Published: December 27, 2011

Afghanistan's president, Hamid Karzai, is disbanding what The New York Times called a "little-known, irregular police force" operating in at least four of the country's northern provinces and funded by NATO.

The move appears to be an effort at getting rid of -- or at least somewhat controlling -- some of the nation’s militias that have plagued Karzai's administration, the Times reports. Members of the to-be disbanded force are former militiamen and "thugs known as much for extorting money from ordinary citizens as for intimidating insurgents and upholding the law," the Times reports.

Karzai's action reverses NATO's efforts to establish the force, known as the Critical Infrastructure Police, set up by Regional Command North in August with one goal of filling a security gap, and another of gaining  control of often lawless, intimidating militia groups, The New York Times writes on Karzai's plan to disband the irregular police force.