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Afghanistan recruits US-backed Iraq-style militia force

Afghanistan recruits US-backed Iraq-style militia force [aka death squads] 18 Aug 2010 The Afghan government said Wednesday it had begun recruiting thousands of militiamen to strengthen security forces against a resurgent Taliban in remote villages of the war-torn country. President Hamid Karzai last month approved the establishment of what his administration calls a "Local Police Force," recruited from Afghan villagers in a bid to guard against Taliban attacks in their communities. Deputy Interior Minister Mohammad Munir Mangal told reporters the US-backed initiative was under way in south-central provinces Wardak and Uruzgan, both of which have been hit hard by Taliban violence.