From the NY Times (and AP) regarding armed civilians subject to the UCMJ (and other private security contractors employed by the US) in Afghanistan:

President Hamid Karzai issued a decree on Tuesday ordering the disbanding of private security forces in Afghanistan by the end of the year.

The decree, however, provides an exception for private security firms working inside of compounds used by international groups, embassies, businesses and nongovernmental organizations.  The Associated Press reported. Such guards “will have to stay inside of the organization’s compound and will have to be registered with the Interior Ministry,” the decree says, according to The A.P.

Even so, the ban would appear to constitute a significant change in the security makeup of the country. There are at least 24,000 private armed guards working for 52 security companies registered with the country, some foreign but most Afghan, who escort convoys of supply trucks across dangerous roads to NATO military bases, protect government and military buildings, and provide protection for political leaders and others.

It would seem the trouble with local companies is spilling over to US companies and civilians in Afghanistan

2 Responses to “Afghan President Orders Private Security Forces to Disband”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Finally! If the US is politically unwilling to acknowledge that you can’t fight a legitimate war with cowboy civilian contractors moving around the battlefield at least our allies do.

  2. Charles Gittins says:

    Having been to Afghanistan and observed the Afghan security forces first hand, I can say that if security for American lives is going to be left in the hands of the Afghanis, it is time to move on out. Afghani security forces make a squad of brand new TBS lieutenants look like battle-hardened SEALS. I wouldn’t trust my life to a group that cannot be trusted, routinely takes bribes (I had to pay one to get my passport back) and who take orders from the highest bidder. Expect casualties to keep increasing.