US may rely more on Afghanistan’s tribal militia: report
While relying less on the central government in Kabul, “US forces would scale back combat operations to focus more on training Afghan government forces and tribal militias,” the report said.
“The plan is controversial because it could extend the influence of warlords while undermining the government of President Hamid Karzai,” it said, noting that such a plan also could stoke rivalries between security units in Afghanistan.
But “the US military’s willingness to consider such risks reflects the growing worry about worsening conditions in Afghanistan,” the report added.
“Until recently, the military would not have considered a move to bolster tribal militias, but, with relatively few troops available, military leaders believe only a new approach to the war can stanch the spreading violence.”
Not a very good plan… really. More power to warlords, means more power to druglords. Whatever NATO ministers have agreed to do about them.