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US shutting down PRT’s in Afghanistan

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US shutting down PRT’s in Afghanistan

As part of their withdrawal of forces over the next year, the US has begun shutting down teams that have poured hundreds of millions of dollars into infrastructure developments in the provinces.

The U.S. along with his allies had set up over two dozen Provincial Reconstruction Teams around the country to dispense development aid and advise local officials. Five of these teams have already been closed, and most of the remainder will shut down over the next year.

The military was made in charge of the reconstruction teams, usually including some 100 troops, led by a military officer.

With most U.S. forces slated to leave in 2014, commanders at the remaining PRTs are preparing the drawdown. “We’re pretty much in the business of finishing these projects,” said Air Force Lt. Col. Grant Hargrove, who commands the PRT overseeing Nangarhar province in eastern Afghanistan.

According to the Wall Street Journal, the U.S. has closed at least four PRTs in eastern Afghanistan, closing teams most recently in Laghman and Kapisa provinces.

They are also closing down  the work of smaller district support teams.

The closure is having an adverse effect on the economy of the regions, as people are losing job opportunities.

“There are no more projects. When the PRT was here they would implement several projects and create job opportunities for the people,” said Sarhadi Zwak, a spokesman for the governor of Laghman.

The presence of PRTs in the provinces and districts has been a controversial subject. The international aid groups criticized the military for invading their territory.

At a conference in Germany last year, President Hamid Karzai referred to PRTs and “parallel structure” that have “undermined the development of institutions in terms of strength and stability.”

People in the districts and provinces would turn to the PRTs instead of the central government for project funds.

The U.S. agreed to end the program in a partnership agreement reached in May with the Afghan government, which sees the program as undercutting the effectiveness of local institutions.

The U.S. civilian agencies are conferring a presence in many parts of Afghanistan post-2014 to continue development work and provide advice and assistance to the provincial government.

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  1. Wally
    Wally 22 October, 2012, 08:54

    Afghan People,
    It is time to step up and take personal responsibility for your future. Stop looking to the US for everything. The US public is not interested in Afghanistan and after 2014, everything is going away. you have been warned.

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    • Abdul Rab
      Abdul Rab 22 October, 2012, 09:24

      Nothing will happen after Americans go back. Afghanistan has thousands year history it is not found on 2002 and will not be finished after 2014. Of course the work opportunities will be decreased but it is not very strange for Afghans, they have faced very difficult times. Most people of Afghanistan is very happy that Americans are going back.

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  2. Abdul Rab
    Abdul Rab 22 October, 2012, 09:28

    Afghans are not intrested in beeing of Americans in Afghanistan.

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