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U.S. To Bolster Afghan Border, Customs Training

The United States will send more of its experts to train Afghan police and customs officials to better manage that country's borders, visiting U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said in a statement.

The news came after Napolitano's talks with Afghan President Hamid Karzai and Finance Minister Omar Zakhilwal in Kabul.

The statement said 52 former U.S. customs and border patrol officers would arrive in Afghanistan in 2011.

Her department currently has 25 agents on the ground.

The Homeland Security department has been working with the Afghan government to establish a border security and customs system and crack down on the smuggling of drugs and cash.

compiled from agency reports