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    US to arm village recruits in Afghanistan

    The United States plans to accelerate a program that has armed thousands of village recruits in its decade-long struggle against the Taliban, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan has told the Financial Times.
    Its a good move on behalf of the US army. Turkey put in a system not long ago that recruited villagers in the East and armed them to protect their villages from the PKK. They gave them a wage and resources to protect themselves during an attack. It saw a large surge of violence as recruits clashed with members of the outlawed group, but naturally the numbers started to decline and they where forced to mass there operations outside of Turkey in Iraq since they lost support in their base region.

    I think arming village recruits will contribute significantly against the war on terrorism in Afghanistan.

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    Re: US to arm village recruits in Afghanistan

    It is what they did in Iraq as well with the Awakening councils
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    Re: US to arm village recruits in Afghanistan

    Quote Originally Posted by Lord Tammerlain View Post
    It is what they did in Iraq as well with the Awakening councils
    No, it's not.
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    Re: US to arm village recruits in Afghanistan

    Quote Originally Posted by kaya'08 View Post
    Its a good move on behalf of the US army. Turkey put in a system not long ago that recruited villagers in the East and armed them to protect their villages from the PKK. They gave them a wage and resources to protect themselves during an attack. It saw a large surge of violence as recruits clashed with members of the outlawed group, but naturally the numbers started to decline and they where forced to mass there operations outside of Turkey in Iraq since they lost support in their base region.

    I think arming village recruits will contribute significantly against the war on terrorism in Afghanistan.

    US to replay Turkey's village guard movie - Hurriyet Daily News and Economic Review
    This will be awesome, unless some of those, "recruits", are Taliban sleepers, or get turned by the Tallies, after they are armed and trained.
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    Re: US to arm village recruits in Afghanistan

    Quote Originally Posted by apdst View Post
    This will be awesome, unless some of those, "recruits", are Taliban sleepers, or get turned by the Tallies, after they are armed and trained.
    Thats a risk we faced here as well. Of course villages are usually close-knit communities, so extensive research and background checks are a necessity. It will be easier in Afghanistan anyway since there are tribes many villagers are allied too. Probably wouldn't be good to hand over guns in a village that has pro-taliban tribal influences.
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    Re: US to arm village recruits in Afghanistan

    Quote Originally Posted by kaya'08 View Post
    Thats a risk we faced here as well. Of course villages are usually close-knit communities, so extensive research and background checks are a necessity. It will be easier in Afghanistan anyway since there are tribes many villagers are allied too. Probably wouldn't be good to hand over guns in a village that has pro-taliban tribal influences.
    We did this in Vietnam. The Viet Cong would come to those villes and either kill, or recruit all the men.
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    Re: US to arm village recruits in Afghanistan

    Quote Originally Posted by apdst View Post
    We did this in Vietnam. The Viet Cong would come to those villes and either kill, or recruit all the men.
    The Taliban isn't comparable to the Viet Cong since the Vietnamese where a more organized and formidable force. They resembled more a national army. Arming village recruits in areas the Taliban do not actively occupy is a very good idea. If you arm a sizable amount in each village and pay them, they will fight happily to protect there own. The Taliban rarely ever attack in hordes in areas they are not dominant in. Giving them a radio system to call for assistance from Kabul and an alarm to alert the village to safety are also features that can be and have been incorporated in such systems that place heavy emphasis on the assistance of local people to fight terror.
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    Re: US to arm village recruits in Afghanistan

    Quote Originally Posted by apdst View Post
    No, it's not.
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    Re: US to arm village recruits in Afghanistan

    Quote Originally Posted by kaya'08 View Post
    The Taliban isn't comparable to the Viet Cong since the Vietnamese where a more organized and formidable force.
    The Taliban actually ran the government in Afghanistan. Your comparison is erroneous.

    They resembled more a national army
    The Viet Cong was never anything resembling a national army.


    Arming village recruits in areas the Taliban do not actively occupy is a very good idea. If you arm a sizable amount in each village and pay them, they will fight happily to protect there own. The Taliban rarely ever attack in hordes in areas they are not dominant in. Giving them a radio system to call for assistance from Kabul and an alarm to alert the village to safety are also features that can be and have been incorporated in such systems that place heavy emphasis on the assistance of local people to fight terror.
    The Taliban will attack in force, if they are assured of a victory. If you put weapons in the hands of the locals, the Tallies will definitely attack them in force.
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    Re: US to arm village recruits in Afghanistan

    Quote Originally Posted by Lord Tammerlain View Post
    Do know what the awakening councils were
    Yes and what's happening in Afghanistan isn't what we did in Iraq.
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    At least Bill saved his transgressions for grown women. Not suggesting what he did was OK. But he didn't chase 14 year olds.

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