It appears RC East is finally going to try Tribal Ruff Puffs. The commander of Joint Task Force Afghanistan / Task Force Kandahar let that slip to The Canadian Press. He also mentioned the KAU of the Popalzai tribe and the Senjeray community based local defense force.
I try to pay attention to such goings on, but this is news to me. Sounds like Commander Matiullah went out of the war lord business and got into the security business. That’s the big fear Kabul and CSTC-A have of Afghan irregulars. Armed bands of Hilux-mounted motorized security contractors look and act a whole lot like armed bands of Ford Ranger-mounted motorized ANA infantry or ANP cops, who when seen from a Predator look a lot like a motorized horde of Mad Max Taliban banditos. Give the ones on our payroll blaze orange road guard vests or something and get ’em out there. Focused District Development takes too damn long.
UPDATE 200812161840: U.S. Military to Launch Pilot Program to Recruit New Local Afghan Militias