Informants in Afghanistan

The US military uses Afghan informants for gathering intelligence, a strategy ‘risky’ for both sides. Informants worry they will be assassinated by the Taliban for aiding the enemy, and for military leaders, information might be deliberately cooked.

In this May 20, 2011 photo, U.S. Lt. Col. William Chlebowski checks a construction project funded by the U.S.-led coalition in Logar province eastern of Afghanistan. Chlebowski is based at Forward Operating Base Shank in Logar province where he meets frequently with an Afghan informant who tips coalition forces to the location of roadside bombs and weapons caches and shares information about what militants are doing and planning. (AP Photo/Deb Riechmann)

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