Afghan Ministry of Defense Announces Creation of New 36,000-Strong Militia Force
By Ankit Panda
The new force is framed as a cost-effective way to exercise control over fragile territory.
What’s Behind the Taliban’s Major Gains in Northern Afghanistan?
By Barin Sultani Haymon and Michael Kugelman
Why have the Taliban been able to make inroads in northern Afghanistan?
Afghanistan's Militias: The Enemy Within?
By Laura Cesaretti
Local militias may be allied with the state now, but historically they have posed dangers to the central government.
Afghanistan’s Anti-Taliban Vigilantes: Blessing or Curse?
By Franz J. Marty
When locals take their defense into their own hands, what does that mean for Afghanistan's central government?
Are Pro-Government Militias Helpful in Defeating the Taliban?
By Franz-Stefan Gady
According to a new report by the International Crisis Group, the answer is an unequivocal no.