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Afghan police school tries to fix struggling force
The National Police Academy in Afghanistan is trying to change the face of the force long riddled with corruption and incompetence, along with rivalries within factions, as the U.S. and NATO plan to withdraw all forces from the country at the end of 2014.
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Afghan National Police instructor Ghulam Hazrat, left, 70, instructs recruits at the police academy in Kabul, Afghanistan. On Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012, President Hamid Karzai said that his military and police are prepared to take full responsibility for security if the American-led international coalition decides to speed up the handover. But international observers warn that the largely illiterate police force will disintegrate after 2014 into factional militias more loyal to local warlords than to the state. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)
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