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Afghan Militias Agree to Unity

Afghanistan’s senior military commanders have agreed to work with the central government for the good of the country’s security – and to build a multi-ethnic national army. The pledge came in a statement from the defence ministry as a two-day conference on the future of the Afghan army ended in the capital, Kabul. Its aim was to discuss how to disarm and demobilise thousands of fighters and replace them with a national army. This was the first national military meeting since the fall of the Taleban regime 18 months ago. Government ministers and regional commanders were present, as was the commander of the American-led coalition force in Afghanistan. The sentence in the statement that many will see as crucial is the one concerning relations between military commanders and Kabul. Full Story

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