Police in Afghan region might have defected, officials say
November 2nd, 2010
11:37 AM ET

Police in Afghan region might have defected, officials say

Some policemen in a volatile Afghan province might have defected to the Taliban, the provincial governor told CNN on Tuesday.

Musa Khan Haidar Zada, governor of Ghazni province, said reports indicate that the defections occurred and that other police were poisoned.

The governor's spokesman, Sayeed Esmaial Jahanger, told CNN that the Taliban took over the district without any engagement and that 20 police disappeared.

Jahanger said they couldn't be contacted and had no specific information about their fate.

The New York Times is reporting that the "entire police force on duty Monday morning" in the district of Khogeyani "appears to have defected to the Taliban side."

The report, citing a spokesman for the Taliban, said "the movement's fighters made contact with the Khogeyani's police force, cut a deal, and then sacked and burned the station. As many as 19 officers vanished, as did their guns, trucks, uniforms and food."

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  1. Dindy.....

    ...I am sure God do not give suicide missions to anyone.. Because some children are dying with these kind of blasts. What have they done ? If you are the creator (I believe ) then no one has a right to blast their bodies with others. Because this Body....belongs to you so no one can destroy it unless you do. If you punish sinners then you are careful to find the exact one. You cant do mistakes. why some people think they do a favor to god from suicide them selves with others. It cant be 360 truth.

    November 5, 2010 at 9:09 am | Report abuse |
  2. craig sanes

    Mr. Smith from Oregon is certainly right with regards to the current situation. Moreover, with the continued application of our particular foreign policy there, the locals will always see the Taliban as a more reliable presence for THEIR particular needs. The Taliban have a reputation for, among other things, providing consistant security for trade routes. Wether we like it or not they were the back bone of Afghanistan. We put an end to it.

    On the other hand, the immediate withdrawl of US forces would not simply end our nightmares. Our foreign policies and incorporation of the region in the larger dynamic of our international affairs unfortunately precludes our simply leaving. From all the ínformal' trade, alone, Pakistan would revert back to the condition it was in 1999. Sadly, there has to be some form of coalition in Afghanistan until such time as, in particular, a regionally secure trading system with accountability is established.

    November 4, 2010 at 9:27 pm | Report abuse |
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    November 4, 2010 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
    • Daniel-2

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      November 4, 2010 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Jay

    Of course, these people side with whomever benefits them more. If they think that they will be more prosperous with GIRoA, they will side with GIRoA.

    November 4, 2010 at 3:04 am | Report abuse |
  5. Smith in Oregon

    typo should have read, 'Yes American troops largely caused the Taliban to move to another location"

    November 3, 2010 at 12:35 am | Report abuse |
  6. Smith in Oregon

    Gosh, such a surprise to the flag wavers that the Afghanistan Police would defect to the Taliban who they see as LESS corrupt than the utterly corrupt Dictatorship of Hamid Karzai!!!

    Western News media today is widely reporting the SAME EXACT FAILURE in the Kandahar phase of America's 'shake and bake' Strategy. Yes American troops largely caused the Taliban not move to another location, however just as the utter failure in Marjah (America's first test of McChrystal's 'shake and bake' Strategy), the new regional Afghanistan government officials FAILED to even show up, some simply walked away, other's flat refused to serve Hamid Karzai's government.

    What in the world is America still doing there? Making certain the world becomes largely addicted to all of the Karzai Clan's HEROIN?

    It is utterly CLEAR that America's 'shake and bake' McChrystal Strategy is a complete FAILURE, in both cases Marjah and now in Kandahar 2 for 2.

    Pull America out of Afghanistan ENTIRELY. Time to go is NOW!!!

    November 3, 2010 at 12:34 am | Report abuse |
    • Dan in Lafayette, IN

      Quite right,Smith. The problem is that the right-wing thugs n Washington don't see it that way. The right-wing politicians want to use this war to broaden their political base while the war profteers continue to fill their coffers!

      November 3, 2010 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
      • Dan in Lafayette,IN

        Typo. That should have read 'fill their coffee pots'

        November 4, 2010 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Dan in Lafayette, IN

    It seems to me they would rather live the wild life with an animals killing instinct instead of trying to bring Afghanistan back from the mid-evil days and into the modern world of the 21st century! Why do the people of Islam allow these Islamic extremists to use such a hateful and murderous campaign even against their own brothers, sisters AND children? Why not stand up an armed force to combat these extremists to show the world that Islam will no longer allow them to put their religion to shame!

    November 2, 2010 at 11:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dindy.....

      Dan in Lafayette...Good post.

      November 3, 2010 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
    • smwahidi

      Oh u crusaders are in afghanistran for a peace mission! News to me! and we are killing our own people! Breaking news!
      U on peace and democracy mission with B-52, F-16, F-18, showering democracy and peace on our people!
      Good Job followers of Jesus or Followers of Moses' Ten Commandments! Nice job! Heaven awaits u!

      November 5, 2010 at 4:17 am | Report abuse |
  8. Daniel-2

    They evidently had an attack of conscience and decided to do the right thing after all. I cannot blame them as I would have done the same thing in their place. It looks like some men can't be bought off at any price!

    November 2, 2010 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan in Lafayette, IN

      So very well put,Daniel. It's great to know that some men still have principles.

      November 2, 2010 at 10:37 pm | Report abuse |
      • Dan in Lafayette,IN

        Either principles or dysentery

        November 4, 2010 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • tomx

      More likely they were surrounded and without support and defected to save their own lives. The article also states that several police were poisoned. It seems to be a choice between defection and death. The same thing happens in Mexico all the time, where the police forces of entire towns have walked off the job or are fired. 20 policemen is nothing.

      November 2, 2010 at 11:25 pm | Report abuse |