Philip Jol, Security Expert (in Dutch) | November 26, 2009
The planned expansion of the Afghan police force from 80,000 to 160,000 officers will make infiltration by Taliban insurgents easier. ++ Recent reports note that the Afghan police force is still suffering from weak leadership, incompetence and a lack of motivation. ++ After 7 years of reform and investments worth over 6 billion dollars, only 7 percent of the police forces are able to operate independently today. ++ With the US preoccupied with its exit strategy, the EU needs to step up and address this crack in Afghanistan's internal security.