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I think this may have something to do with the USAID Afghanistan Rural Investment & Enterprise Strengthening (ARIES) program. Not sure what, if any level of military involvement is part of this program. From the USAID Afghanistan web site:
The Afghanistan Rural Investment & Enterprise Strengthening (ARIES) program helps to expand access to financial services in underserved regions, particularly in the Alternative Development Program (ADP) areas. The program’s objective is to create a strong private sector foundation for a sustainable, market-driven finance system consisting of different types of financial institutions capable of providing a range of financial services and products, including Shariah-compliant loans. ARIES-supported institutions serve a variety of businesses, from microenterprises (households and smallholder farmers) requiring loans of $1,000 or less to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) with a capacity to create a significant number of jobs.
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