Chris SandsJuly 10, 2012 06:00
KABUL — Abdul Jabar Farhad used to be just another illiterate mujahideen commander living off past glories. Now he is at the forefront of NATO's Afghanistan exit strategy. His band of 150 men is part of the Local Police program, which arms and pays local militias to defend rural areas from the Taliban. The scheme is inevitably compared to the US-sponsored Awakening Councils in Iraq, where tribal groups were successfully mobilized against Al Qaeda. In Afghanistan, however, few people are convinced it will work.