Underreported: Teaching the Afghan Army to Read

Thursday, September 16, 2010

The American-led strategy in Afghanistan relies on training local Afghan forces so they’re able to take over their own security. Only 18 percent of those 243,000 Afghans in the army and police have more than a Kindergarten-level ability to read. Noah Shachtman, contributing writer for Wired magazine, discusses the US military’s efforts to teach Afghan security forces to read as well as to fight.


Noah Shachtman

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dbmetzger from manhattan

Will the Afghan Army Ever Be Fit to Fight?
US forces have made headway in training Afghan soldiers, but $26 Billion later, the Afghan army still can't stand on its own.

Sep. 16 2010 12:44 PM

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