2005-06-15

 

New Phase of Disarmament Begins in Afghanistan

Afghanistan launched a new phase of disarmament to disarm militia, ordering more than 1,000 illegal armed groups to hand over their guns as the country prepares for its first parliamentary election in September. According to the Afghanistan New Beginning Program (ANBP), this process is unconditional and all militia forces that are not part of the Afghan National Army and other government organs should surrender their light and heavy weapons before the parliamentary election. US and NATO troops will be involved and cooperate in the latest phase of disarmament. Disarmed fighters in the latest phase of the disarmament program will not receive cash or other concessions. Fighters disarmed in the first phase were given money and were trained by short-term courses to open a new livelihood and most of them have entered into civilian life.

Most of the militia forces were disarmed in the first phase of the disarmament program but up to 1,800 small illegal armed groups remain and most of the groups have between 100 and 200 men which will be disarmed in the new phase of the disarmament drive. Over 60,000 ex-militia, warlords and Mujahideen have been disarmed in the first phase of the disarmament program. Afghanistan New Beginnings Program (ANBP) recorded the number of disarmed men at 60,076 of which 49,431 have returned to civilian life. Around 33,500 medium and light weapons have been collected from military units and less than a third of those weapons were transferred to the Afghan Ministry of Defence and the Afghan National Army. All usable ammunition has been transported to safe storage.

Afghan people welcome the second phase of disarmament and hope that all illegal militia forces will be disarmed before the parliamentary elections. Some people fear that some illegal armed man will create problems and might force people to vote for some of their commanders during the election. Afghanistan's electoral law prohibits any candidate with links to armed militias from standing for parliament and provincial councils. It's difficult to know which candidates command armed men.

Comments:
"1,800 armed groups ... between 100 and 200 men"

1800*150 = 270,000. Versus 70,000 ANA soldiers. Ouch. Oh well, at least they can be picked off one at a time, so they don't pose any threat to the government, and will thus lose eventually.

"It's difficult to know which candidates command armed men."

ROFL! And some people think they've got problems because of chads!
 
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I am enjoying your blog. Can you write about how every day life has changed for your friends and family 2001? Are there more jobs? Are you able to have improved homes and food? What is the percentage of women wearing the burka now in Kabul?
 
Why not just make these people serve in the ANA?

It appears the warrior in them just doesn't know how to adjust to civilian life.

At least in the ANA, they would be better trained, equiped, fed and PAID. Nothing wrong with having a military comprised of old war horse veterans.

If you can't take the fight out of them you may as well use it to it's fullest potential.
 
I am happy to see news from Afghanistan. The media here in the United States seems to have lost interest in the progress in Afghanistan. This may be for the best since the media seems to screw up a lot of information lately. I have turned to reading Blogs in order to get accurate information about events in other countries. Please do not think that most Americans are like Paul Edwards. I will admit that it is difficult for many Americans to understand your devotion to your religion. Most religious groups here are nothing more than corporations set up to make a profit. I saw a video of the Iraqi people who beat themselves with whips, one part of me was thinking " are they crazy " but as I watched I realized that I admired their devotion to their religion. I can remember a time when I felt the same about the Catholic religion. Personally I see the Bible (the physical object) as a book printed and sold by a publishing company in order to make a profit. The important part of the Bible are the words on the pages of that book. As long as you have read the words,judged them to be true and have applied them in your everyday life than no one can desecrate or slander your religion simply by burning or flushing that book down the toilet. After all the publishing company will be happy to sell you another Bible. I think this is the mind set of most Americans (like Paul) in reference to the story of the Koran being flushed down the toilet. Personally, I would like to understand your thoughts and feelings about the Koran and what makes a physical object so important to you?
 
karen, you'll be pleased to know that I'm Australian, not American, so you don't need to apologize for my behaviour, any more than you need to apologize for the sick twisted mentality of the 36% of Australians who supported institutionalized rape in Iraq.
 
I agree with subsunk, this blog does offer the rest of the world some good news.

Bryan, perhaps encouraging them to join the ANA would be better than MAKING them. I get the idea that the Afghan people don't appreciate being MADE to do such things.

One question I have...what has happened to the approximately 10,000 who did not return to civilian life? Are they in the ANA?
 
paul, youre an ignorant asshole.
just keep hiding down there with wadard and leave the representin' for AUS to the diggers.
rape! rape! build a school.. rape!

commie faggot...shaddup and get back to class.
 
paul, youre an ignorant asshole.
just keep hiding down there with wadard and leave the representin' for AUS to the diggers.
rape! rape! build a school.. rape!

commie faggot...shaddup and get back to class
 
luckent47, "rape! rape! build a school.. rape!"

Are you on drugs or something? I don't even know which side you are on. Are you in the 57% of Australians who supported the liberation of Iraq, or are you in the 36% who supported institutionalized rape?
 
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