Too soon to tell how well the APPF is working in Wardak province

Balint Szlanko is embedded with 10th Mountain in Wardak and Logar.

Excerpt:

The main problem at this stage is that it seems very difficult to get the Pashtuns, the dominant ethnic group of Afghanistan and the main support base of the Taliban, to join. No Afghan regime is going to be stable without them, which explains the problems faced by Kabul today. Out of the 250 or so watchmen in Jalrez, for instance, no more than 50 are Pashtun.

Wardak has Pashtuns, Hazaras and Tajiks. Last April the Pashtuns in Zayawalat village of Jalrez district didn’t send any young men for Guardian training. The Armed Opposition Groups, of which the Taliban are merely the most famous, are almost all Pashtun, 90-95%.

Pashtun Armed Supportive Groups would be right handy.

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