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By Seth G. Jones

In Afghanistan, neighborhood groups have performed a serious function in safeguard, specially in rural parts. Afghan nationwide protection forces are vital to the top-down procedure, however the Afghan executive and NATO forces additionally have to leverage neighborhood groups to realize a complementary bottom-up approach. This research discusses the viability of building neighborhood safety forces in Afghanistan and addresses matters concerning the knowledge of such regulations.

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These forces were veritable militias, not the community policing forces that the Musahibans worked with. In addition, each of the main mujahideen parties fighting the communists had fairly large militias, but all should be seen as fundamentally different from traditional Pashtun local defense forces. 21 These forces helped drive Soviet forces out of Afghanistan.

89, No. 2, September 2002, pp. 25–30; Feliz Kuntzsch, Afghanistan’s 20 Afghanistan’s Local War: Building Local Defense Forces occupation and the subsequent civil wars. It is difficult to generalize about the tribal structure today, since the structure and inclinations of a tribe or subtribe in one area may be very different from those of the same tribe or subtribe in another area. Other identity markers can also transcend tribal structures, such as reputations earned during the antiSoviet jihad, land ownership, or money earned through licit or illicit activities (such as the drug trade or road taxes).

Princeton University Press, 2010, pp. 195–225. 7 Dupree, Afghanistan, p. 460. 42 Afghanistan’s Local War: Building Local Defense Forces to 110,000 and eventually included an 8,000-man air force. 8 These forces were occasionally used to crush revolts and mediate inter- and intratribal disputes. In 1959 and 1960, for instance, Daoud Khan used the Afghan army to settle fighting between the Mangals and Zadrans in eastern Afghanistan. 10 The central government also encouraged local customary law to help establish order.

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