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Khost Protection Force (KPF)

The Khost Protection Force or KPF is an Afghan paramilitary group directed and supported by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). The unit operates in the southeastern Afghanistan province of Khost. It was established in late 2001 at a time when there was no Afghan military or police forces. The KPF works closely with the National Directorate of Security (NDS).

Articles about the KPF

November 16, 2020. "Atrocities Pile Up for CIA-backed Afghan Paramilitary Forces", by Emran Feroz, Foreign Policy. Some call for the disbanding of the Khost Protection Force once the United States withdraws from Afghanistan.

July 17, 2020. "Demobilizing the Khost Protection Force: Paramilitary Groups in Afghanistan", by Sulaiman Aziz Popal, The War Room, United States Army War College.


_____, "They've Shot Many Like This": Abusive Night Raids by CIA-Backed Afghan Strike Forces", Human Rights Watch, 2019, PDF, 60 pages.



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