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Khan Agha is taking a literacy class as part of the NATO training mission. Only 11 percent of the enlisted personnel in the army and police can read and write, compared with 35 percent for noncommissioned officers and 93 for the officer corps. (Associated Press)

Khan Agha is taking a literacy class as part of the NATO training mission. Only 11 percent of the enlisted personnel in the army and police can read and write, compared with 35 percent for noncommissioned officers and 93 for the officer corps. (Associated Press)

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