January 2, 2010 3:32 PM

U.S. troops rely on Afghan police while trying to train them

As they prod the Afghan police to root out corruption in their ranks, U.S. soldiers still must charm police commanders into providing intelligence on Taliban elements in their neighborhoods. The reputation of the Afghan National Police couldn't be much worse, however. To many in Afghanistan, their officers seem better versed in extorting bribes than they are at filing police reports.

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