The general outlook of the Afghans — state army while not strong enough to keep the situation under control. Army control corrupt the middle fighter very many drug addicts and secret supporters of the Taliban. So, if the Americans withdraw their troops, not a month passes and the Taliban came to power (in general, many do not give the Karzai government and a few hours). I managed to visit one of the Afghan war bases, Also look at huge dump an old Russian technology.
Afghans, of course, know better, but it seemed to me exactly what the Afghan army(ANA) and militia(ANP) are kept under control the situation. Those units that I have been able to behold, look fully operational and well provided for real. Afghan army formed on a contract basis. In order to join the army, quite easy to be healthy men 18-35 years of age. Fighters get 150-200 bucks a month, even by Afghan standards strongly enough. Despite the low wages, the defects in wanting to serve in the army there. Unemployment exceeds 30 percent, and for many in the Army only way to earn a living and support a family.
For officers of wages, of course, higher. With the officer corps in general is quite good things. They are engaged in the South American instructor training, and most of the senior officers were decent school during the fighting "shuravi" and civilian war. In this case, there are cases where a single unit are officers who once fought on different sides of the barricades.
I had a chance to get on a military base ANA, where the colonel for a good hour treated me to tea with sweets and said proudly, as in his youth was a mujahid and bravely fought "shuravi" under the command of Ahmad Shah Massoud. At the same time, his deputy — Major in 1980 he served in the government army.
Camera phone and even a bottle of water taken away from the entrance to the terrain carefully guarded base. This is a real fortress with high walls, machine gun towers, stitching wire around the perimeter and Stealther system-in, pounding on who foolishly try to break into the base, Stealther trap, shooting from all sides. Get out of it is not even a good chance of an armed group.
Inside the base reigns perfect order. All appropriate planned. The soldiers 'barracks' stand in orderly rows. Although, frankly, do not dare to call "the barracks" cautious houses with Kondyukov. Administrative and outbuildings are also supported in immaculate condition. The soldiers and officers are perfectly tailored shape of the South American standard, and generally look brave warriors. And in the case is ready to quickly leave the column of armored "Humvees."
During the hour until Colonel plied me with tea, I was able to verify that with discipline all too right. Yes, maybe I could get into some kind of an elite unit, but what I beheld, seriously shake the stereotype of the Afghan army as completely incapable of fighting scum who does not have the smallest idea of discipline, and does not recognize the military orders.
Militia, at first glance, too well endowed. Maybe they run away when they met with the Taliban, that I confirm or deny I can not, but the police look completely convincing, seated in the body pickup "Ford Ranger". Service in the militia paid at approximately the same level as in the army — 150-200 bucks for average and about 300-500 bucks for the officers. But the ability of the police to "make extra money" just above. On the question of the extent of corruption in the police, many just laughed, saying to them that the police take bribes, they say, all the same people, and for 200 bucks a month is not live. Trained police officers, in the main, European and Canadian experts at.
So how to remove the base itself is not allowed to, I had to enjoy an old Russian art dump, located behind the gate.
About the technique to tell nothing special, just because Look photo
Surprisingly, but over the years of idle equipment is not stolen.
As told one of the fighter, Insignificance after renovation, it can go into battle.