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Saturday, 2 March, 2002, 14:43 GMT
Picture gallery: New Afghan army
Peacekeeping troops in Kabul have a new task: moulding local soldiers into a new Afghan National Guard.

Over six weeks, Nato instructors will give 600 men lessons in everything from crowd control to clearing mines and applying first aid.

Skills such as how to take prisoners may be nothing new to some of the trainees
Skills such as how to take prisoners may be nothing new to some of the trainees

Skills such as rifelry may also seem unnecessary for men brought up in a gun culture
Learning how to fire a rifle may also seem unnecessary for men brought up in a gun culture

But there are other vital courses on offer, such as clearing mines
But there are other vital courses on offer, such as clearing mines

And these troops are learning the basics of policing riots
And these troops are learning the basics of policing riots

With British soldiers doing the training, there has to be some of parade ground drill, too
With Britons among the instructors, there has to be some square-bashing too, of course
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