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Afghan Public Protection Program success paves the way for development in Jalrez
By US Forces Afghanistan Public Affairs Office
Jun 3, 2009 - 5:59:57 PM
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The governor of Wardak province, Mohammad Halim Fidai; the Jalrez district sub-governor, members from all of administrative divisions, contractors and numerous district elders gather for a meeting to discuss future development projects in Jalrez district. Work on these seven projects will begin June 6 and will include multiple wells, a bridge, repairs to several schools and retaining walls to protect bazaars. (U.S. Army courtesy photo)
KABUL, Afghanistan - Following months of hard work by the citizens of Jalrez, in Wardak Province, security has improved to such a degree that development money is pouring into the district. Today, Afghan citizens who live in Jalrez have seen their desire for a better life and their labor come to fruition.

The Governor of Wardak, Mohammad Halim Fidai, the Jalrez sub-governor, president of the Jalrez shura, shura members from all of the administrative divisions, contractors and numerous district elders were all present to show their support and witness the contracts for new development projects being signed.

The genesis of this event began months ago as the citizens of Jalrez readily volunteered for the government's new security program, the Afghan Public Protection Program, known as the Guardians. Led by the national government in Kabul, the program is designed to get local Afghans to take charge of securing their village against militants who use them as safe havens.

The first groups of more than 240 Afghans of the Afghan Public Protection Force completed their training March 23 and are being employed in Jalrez district. Expansion of the APPF will be based on results of this pilot program, evaluated in conjunction with community leaders, Afghan National Security Forces, and the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. The Guardians are trained by the Afghan National Police and are accountable to the Ministry of Interior.

The second part of this program, once the local citizens reclaim their villages from disruptive elements, is to begin the process of development which leads to economic prosperity and an enhanced quality of life.

Work on these seven projects will begin on June 6 and will include multiple wells, a bridge, repairs to several schools and retaining walls to protect bazaars. According to local contractors, these seven projects are just the beginning. There are more than 20 development projects planned for the near future. A military officer said that the APPF has been so successful that it will allow the Afghan government to begin even larger projects within the next two months. Some of these projects include an aqueduct, a clinic, mosque repairs and a canal system.

Not wanting to be left out, village elders from villages in Nerkh district spoke to governor Fidai in order to be able to become a part of APPP and share in this security and prosperity. These leaders were assured that there are enough resources and training for all of the citizens of Afghanistan to take back their future. In his speech, governor Fidai stated that the security provided by the APPF and the clearing operations performed by ANSF over the past few months will allow Jalrez to continue to prosper into the foreseeable future. Today, with the signing of the development projects, the citizens of Jalrez have reclaimed both security and prosperity from the Taliban.

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The governor of Wardak province, Mohammad Halim Fidai, signs contracts for several new development projects for Jalrez district during a shura with the Jalrez district sub-governor, members from all of administrative divisions, contractors and numerous district elders. More than 20 development projects are planned for the near future including multiple wells, a bridge, repairs to several schools and retaining walls to protect bazaars. (U.S. Army courtesy photo)

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TuffsNotEnuff
27 Sep 2009, 11:47
Looks to be that Gen. McKiernan is applying Krepinevich and Lt.Col. Corson. Arming the locals was the core of the Vietnam CAP -- Combined Action Program. Corson's efforts match up perfectly to this modern COIN operation. AP3 has 500 locals today with plans in the works for 10,000 to 25,000 moving forward. Taliban/Haqqani/Gulbuddin fighters are much weaker than NVA -- less than 1/10th the head count. This AP3 should work to beat the band. BTW: CAP/AP3 are essentially defensive. If you want an offense, you need to back-track insurgents. Can't do that with Predator. It takes Combat Tracking Teams -- meaning nose dogs and a solid integrated support operation. Army needs to get out to Fort Huachuca, plus finding out what a "nose dog" is..... ;^)
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