NATO-backed local police terrorizing Afghans

September 12, 2011 15:25

KABUL - Armed groups supported by NATO and the Afghan government are terrorizing and robbing the people they are supposed to protect, behavior that is building support for insurgents, advocacy group Human Rights Watch said in a report on Monday.

Murder, torture, illegal taxes, theft and the gang rape of a teenage boy are among the abuses by government-backed militias, and the NATO-funded Afghan local police, documented in the 102-page report, "Just Don't Call It a Militia".

The groups were formed in response to Afghanistan's downward security spiral, aiming to capitalize on a basic instinct to protect local communities - much like Iraq's Awakening Council that helped turn the tide of the Iraq war.

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