US calls for Afghan police surge

With six policemen dying each day in violence, US general seeks steps to bolster force.

    As Hamid Karzai, Afghanistan's president, seeks Saudi Arabia's help in tackling the Taliban, it is the police in Afghanistan that are bearing the brunt of the casualties, with an average of six policemen being killed each day.

    Stanley McChrystal, the US general commanding Nato forces, has called for an increase in the number of Afghan police recruits from 84,000 to 160,000.

    Plagued by corruption, drug addiction, and illiteracy, serious efforts are now under way to reform and bolster Afganistan's security forces.

    Al Jazeera's David Chater reports from Kabul.  

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


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