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At-least An Afghan police commander and 13 junior officers have joined the Taliban in the western Afghan province of Farah
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At-least An Afghan police commander and 13 junior officers have joined the Taliban in the western Afghan province of Farah, in what correspondents say could be the biggest defection by police.

They say the commander, named as Mirwais, was in charge of a 20-man checkpoint when he defected on Sunday.

The men are said to have taken heavy weaponry, radios and police vehicles including US-made armoured Humvees.

Farah is one of the most insecure areas in the relatively peaceful west.

The commander was based in Shewan village in the district of Bala Bulak, which was until recently considered a Taliban stronghold.

The mujahideen were driven out of the area following a series of operations carried out by Afghan security forces. But local officials say mujahideen have regrouped in the area recently.

"Mirwais and his policemen had joined the force nearly two and hal


Added: Jul-24-2012 Occurred On: Jul-24-2012
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