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Local Defense Initiative (LDI)

(Last update November 2, 2012)

The Local Defense Initiative or LDI was a CJSOTF-A program to develop community level self-defense forces in rural and remote locations in Afghanistan.  The LDI program was formerly called the Community Defense Initiative (CDI).  The LDI program was scuttled due to lack of support from Afghan officials and the U.S. State Department.  It eventually was replaced by the Village Stability Operations (VSO) program and Afghan Local Police (ALP).

News Articles about the Local Defense Initiative (LDI)

July 28, 2010. "Going Small: The Local Defense Initiative". Fire Dog Lake.

March 11, 2010. "Afghan Tribal Rivalries Bedevil a U.S. Plan". The New York Times.

March 8, 2010. "US keeps secret anti-Taliban militia on a bright leash". Article in the Guardian about the Local Defense Initiative militias.

February 11, 2010. "Tribe and prejudice: America's 'new hope' in Afghanistan". The National Conversation.

January 22, 2010. "U.S. Ambassador puts brakes on plan to utilize Afghan militias against Taliban". The Washington Post.

January 22, 2010. "U.S. Delays Setting Up More Anti-Taliban Militias". The New York Times.


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