07 Jun '11, 12am

Most Afghan security recruits illiterate: US officer

WASHINGTON - Only one in 10 Afghans who sign up for Afghanistan's police and army can read and write, a senior Nato commander said, underscoring the challenges the West faces as it rushes to put local forces in charge. William Caldwell, the American lieutenant general who heads international training efforts in Afghanistan, said on Monday that many troops could not even write their own names. As a result, literacy education has become a major component of basic training, Lt-Gen Caldwell said during a speech in Washington. Many new police officers and soldiers spending two hours a day learning to read. Ten years after the war in Afghanistan began, the United States and other nations battling a resurgent Taleban have made strides in building up local security forces, which have grown to almost 300,000 members. Nato commanders are rushing to get local forces up to speed as th...

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