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By Seth G. Jones

In Afghanistan, neighborhood groups have performed a severe function in safety, specifically in rural components. Afghan nationwide safety forces are vital to the top-down method, however the Afghan executive and NATO forces additionally have to leverage neighborhood groups to achieve a complementary bottom-up technique. This research discusses the viability of building neighborhood defense forces in Afghanistan and addresses matters concerning the knowledge of such rules.

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Some coordination by Pakistan’s Directorate for Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI); received foreign funding and weapons Effective in targeting the Soviet and Afghan armies 1984–1988 • Tribal and nontribal progovernment militias, est. 40,000 • Various locations throughout Afghanistan To help establish order in rural areas of the country Direct control of central government, mostly Ministry of Interior Not effective during Soviet occupation due to unpopularity of the government. They were, however, better fighters than regular Afghan army.

Tribes tend to be more hierarchical in southern and western Afghanistan than in eastern Afghanistan. Two tribal confederations, the Durrani and Ghilzai, subsume more than two-thirds of all Afghan Pashtuns. 1 breaks down the relationships among southern Durrani tribes. In accordance with the segmentary lineage system, these tribes are further subdivided along clan and other lines. Intense fighting is common among subtribes, such as between the Hassanzai, Khalozai, and Pirzai subtribes of the Alizai in Helmand Province.

Beginning in 1929, Afghanistan enjoyed an unprecedented period of stability under the leadership of Nadir Shah and his successors, especially Zahir Shah and Daoud Khan. 6 Nadir Shah assembled a tribal army to capture Kabul from Habibullah Kalakani in 1929 and used tribal forces against an uprising by the Shinwari tribes of the south and Tajiks in Kabul. 7 The Musahibans built strong central government security forces, including an Afghan army. By 1933, Nadir Shah had established a modern army of 70,000 soldiers, with professional officer education and a noncommissioned officer corps.

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