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The first three paragraphs of an Aug. 10 story on the Afghan police by Michael Gisick were missing. The missing paragraphs were:

MAIWAND, Afghanistan — Groups of Afghan police officers lounge in the shade outside their compound, a few smoking hashish. Their chief wears toenail polish and a uniform with the rank drawn on in ink.

Maiwand, clearly, is no Mayberry.

But U.S. troops working with this battalion of Afghan National Civil Order Police say it’s proved itself a willing and relatively competent combat force — which is a good thing considering that the Afghan cops’ primary mission isn’t exactly policing the community.

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