By Ali Safi
By Ali Safi McClatchy Newspapers
KABUL, Afghanistan — Eleven U.S.-trained Afghan police officers defected to the Taliban on Monday in southern Helmand province, the spokesman for the province’s governor told McClatchy.
Daud Ahmadi, the spokesman, said the officers took their weapons and equipment with them – 11 AK-47 assault rifles, two heavy machine guns and three motorcycles.
The U.S. military has made a major effort to train local police officers, seeing the group as essential to fighting the Taliban and maintaining local security. But their loyalty to Afghan’s central government in Kabul has long been questioned as is their involvement in human rights abuses.
The Afghan policemen went over to the Taliban at 1 a.m. in the village of Deh Zoor in the Musa Qala district, Ahmadi said. Ahmadi said their defection would have no “negative impac
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