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Sié Chéou-Kang CenterPrivate Security Monitor

Afghan National Army recruits take part in a training exercise on August 8, 2010 in Kabul, Afghanistan.

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Afghanistan has been one of the largest theatre of operations for PMSCs since the arrival of foreign troops in 2001. Continuing instability has led to a high demand for security from the international community, some of which has been provided by private security companies. The United States government and its allies have been significant hirers of such companies, but so too have private commercial companies and international organizations. Initially tolerating the presence of such PSCs, in 2010 the Government of Afghanistan announced a policy to dissolve such companies and prohibit their operation. That policy, subject to several carve-outs, is in the process of being implemented in Afghanistan, with the gap in security protection now being provided by the Afghanistan Public Protection Force (APPF).



Military Technical Agreement Between the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) and the Interim Administration of Afghanistan

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The Military Technical Agreement between the ISAF and the Afghan Interim Authority gives ISAF the authority to use military force in pursuit of its UN-mandated mission. The Agreement also provides that all ISAF and supporting personnel are subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of their own governments and are immune from arrest or detention by Afghan authorities.