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Corruption, illiteracy hold back Afghan police

LASHKAR GAH, Afghanistan (Reuters) – When NATO forces in Afghanistan caught an opium producer with 15 kgs (33 lbs) of drugs, they might have expected his family to plead for his freedom. Instead, an Afghan police officer appealed to foreign troops to release him. The drug-trafficker stayed in prison, but the British army officer who described the incident said it was symptomatic of the corruption problems Afghanistan’s police force is grappling with, even as they are being asked to step up and play a greater role in securing the country. This week marks the start of a years-long transition, with security control of seven areas of Afghanistan handed over from NATO troops to the Afghan…