Afghanistan — New Afghan Facilities Improve Counter-Insurgency Efforts

The Afghan Nation­al Police are active­ly engaged in fight­ing the coun­terin­sur­gency, to aid in this effort Afghans and coali­tion forces are rapid­ly build­ing ANP facil­i­ties through­out the Kan­da­har Province.

Surosahan Afghan Border Police compound
An Afghan con­struc­tion work­er runs elec­tri­cal wires at the Surosa­han Afghan Bor­der Police com­pound. The com­pound is one of eight loca­tions that will pro­vide a secure place for the bor­der police to live while serv­ing along Afghanistan’s bor­der.
Source: ISAF
Click to enlarge

The area’s Afghan Bor­der Police will soon have safe places they can call home after work­ing along the Pak­istani bor­der. The com­pounds will con­tain liv­ing quar­ters, admin­is­tra­tive offices, din­ing facil­i­ties, laun­dry facil­i­ties, ware­hous­es and ammu­ni­tion stor­age areas com­plete­ly sur­round­ed by secu­ri­ty walls inter­spersed with guard tow­ers. They will also be com­plete­ly self-suf­fi­cient with pow­er plants, water wells and sewage systems. 

“This will give them the basic tools they need so that ulti­mate­ly they can con­duct the mis­sion on their own,” said Oscar Lopez, a con­struc­tion rep­re­sen­ta­tive with the Kan­da­har Vicin­i­ty Res­i­dent Office, U.S. Army Corps of Engi­neers, Afghanistan Engi­neer­ing Dis­trict – South. 

USACE-AES engi­neers, along with NATO Train­ing Mis­sion – Afghanistan, Com­bined Secu­ri­ty Tran­si­tion Com­mand – Afghanistan, Com­bined-Joint Engi­neers, designed the project and are pro­vid­ing project over­sight for the ABP compounds. 

The south­ern region Afghan Uni­form Police, police pro­vid­ing secu­ri­ty for Afghans cit­i­zens liv­ing in cities through­out Kan­da­har, will also have new build­ings through­out the districts. 

Unfor­tu­nate­ly, the con­struc­tion work­ers are com­ing across some chal­lenges such as the threat of work­ing in hos­tile envi­ron­ments like impro­vised explo­sive devices and receiv­ing per­son­al threats upon their lives. One of these threats includ­ed demand­ing employ­ees leave the con­struc­tion site by 4p.m. or they and their fam­i­lies would be harmed. This not only affect­ed the employ­ees but also their work pro­duc­tiv­i­ty. The threats also exist to the local pop­u­lace near the sur­round­ing towns where vil­lagers are being killed. Some of these loca­tions are not being built at this time because the areas are too dan­ger­ous for the con­struc­tion con­trac­tor com­pa­nies. Despite these threats, Afghans are con­tin­u­ing the con­struc­tion for their bor­der and uni­form police, giv­ing them bet­ter facil­i­ties in which to serve their country. 

“Build­ing the police head­quar­ters for them to work out of will hope­ful­ly increase the num­ber of ANP,” said Mas­ter Sgt. Michael Wan­ner, a qual­i­ty assur­ance rep­re­sen­ta­tive with USACE-AES

Press release
Com­piled from Inter­na­tion­al Secu­ri­ty Assis­tance Force Joint Com­mand News Releases 

Face­book and/or on Twit­ter

Team GlobDef

Seit 2001 ist im Internet unterwegs, um mit eigenen Analysen, interessanten Kooperationen und umfassenden Informationen für einen spannenden Überblick der Weltlage zu sorgen. war dabei die erste deutschsprachige Internetseite, die mit dem Schwerpunkt Sicherheitspolitik außerhalb von Hochschulen oder Instituten aufgetreten ist.

Alle Beiträge ansehen von Team GlobDef →