ASP Fellow Joshua Foust discusses the challenges faced by the ISAF training mission in Afghanistan. Suffering from high desertion rates and increasingly frequent insider attacks, ISAF recently decided to suspend its police force training operations. Further hampering analysis of the ISAF mission’s effectiveness is a lack of data on how operations are proceeding.
“The limited public data available suggest that the training mission in Afghanistan is falling apart. Despite optimistic statements by ISAF officials about the Afghans’ readiness, their real world performance doesn’t seem to match the rhetoric.”
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