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Close up photo of the arm patch of the Afghan National Civil Order Policemen (ANCOP).

An Afghan police officer helps secure his country.

Call of Duty

July 2012, Number 03.03

“While serving as an Afghan policeman, Mohammad Agha has been shot multiple times and beaten almost to death for doing his job. Despite hardships Agha has never considered leaving his country or the people he spent nearly three decades protecting.

Lt. Col. Agha commands nearly 200 elite Afghan policemen who are helping to secure Highway 1, a road that cuts through Kandahar province and feeds one of the country’s primary economic hubs, Kandahar city.

In October 2010, Kandahar provincial Gov. Tooryalai Wesa toured the highway to showcase the progress made by Afghan security forces like Agha’s 2nd Battalion, 3rd Afghan National Civil Order Police Brigade, or ANCOP.

Agha is a calm and generous 47-year-old from Parwan province. He is married, has six children and lives in the home he inherited from his father’s father. Country is important to Agha, and protecting Afghan citizens has been his focus since he was a student in high school...”

Excerpt from Benjamin Watson, “Call of Duty,” per Concordiam: Journal of European Security Defense Issues 3, No. 3, 2012: 32-35.

Sgt. Benjamin Watson is a member of the International Security Assistance Force–Afghanistan.

This article reflects the views of the author and are not necessarily the official policy of the United States, Germany, or any other governments.