Afghan Border Police

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Afghan Border Police (ABP) Regional Command - West in Herat Province of Afghanistan.

The Afghan Border Police (ABP) secure Afghanistan's 5,529 kilometres (3,436 mi) border with neighboring countries and all its international airports. It also administers immigration services such as checking documents of foreigners entering the country or deporting them.[1] The ABP's anti-narcotic efforts are a prominent concern to the international community at present. The ABP and the regular Afghan National Police jointly patrol a 55 km-wide corridor along the entirety of Afghanistan's border, particularly the longest and porous Durand Line border in the southeast with neighboring Pakistan.

Organization[edit]

The ABP falls under the command of the Afghan National Police (ANP) which is under the administrative control of the Ministry of the Interior. The ABP is headquartered in Kabul, in the nation's capital, and is commanded by a Lt. General. The Afghan Border Police divides command of its 23,000 police force across 6 zones to protect 14 Border Crossing Points and 5 Major Airports.

Mazar-e-Sharif (Northern Zone)[edit]

Members of the ABP search a locomotive near the Hairatan border crossing point.

Fayzabad (Northeastern Zone)[edit]

Jalalabad (Eastern Zone)[edit]

Torkham in Nangarhar Province, the main border crossing between Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Gardez (Southeastern Zone)[edit]

ABP officer aiming a modified AMD-65 at the border post in Paktika Province
An Afghan National Police (ANP) agent at Khost border crossing in 2007

Kandahar (Southern Zone)[edit]

An ABP garrison in Kandahar Province during final inspection by United States armed forces.
A Hospital Corpsman instructs Afghan soldiers on proper weapons handling at the border patrol compound in Shamshad, Afghanistan

Herat (Western Zone)[edit]

Gen. David H. Petraeus visiting Herat in 2010.

Majority of the Afghan Border Police officers are trained by the United States armed forces and various Federal government employees as well as by the European Union Police Mission (EUPOL). In order to prepare for their duties as ABP, recruits attend an 8-week course designed by the German Bundespolizei (BPOL). Also ITALY provides qualified training to ABP personnel in West Region by TF GRIFO deployed in Herat by GUARDIA DI FINANZA. The BPOL are still heavily involved in mentoring ABP officers as of 2009.[2]

As of January 2011, there are at least 25 U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Customs and Border Protection officers providing training to the Afghan Border Police. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano stated that the number could reach 65 or more by the end of 2011. Napolitano visited the Torkham border crossing with Pakistan and was satisfied with the progress being made there.[3][4]

The ABP was known to have jointly trained with the Tajik Border Troops, it's equivalent in Tajikistan, which was overseen by the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe. [5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 35 illegal Pakistanis deported from Nangarhar, by Abdul Mueed Hashimi for Pajhwok Afghan News. September 24, 2012.
  2. ^ "Germany to send 1,200 police to Afghanistan", The Local (Berlin), 10 Oct 2009, archived from the original on 13 October 2009, retrieved 2009-10-25 
  3. ^ "US to bolster Afghan border, customs training". MSNBC. Retrieved 2011-01-13. 
  4. ^ Starr, Penny (January 4, 2011). "Obama Is Sending Border Officers from DHS--Which Has Failed to Secure U.S.-Mexico Border--to Help Secure Afghan-Pakistan Border". Cybercast News Service. Retrieved 2011-01-13. 
  5. ^ Stojkovsky, Goran (November 28, 2012). "Tajik and Afghan border guards complete training". OSCE. Retrieved 2013-09-26. 

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