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Afghan Warlord Refuses to Move to Capital

A deal to rein in a powerful Afghan warlord by forcing him to move to the capital has fallen through, casting doubt on the government’s ability to control unruly provinces. Officials said General Abdul Rashid Dostum, whose personal army frequently clashes with rival militias in and around the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif, had been expected to join President Hamid Karzai in Kabul as an adviser on security issues. The move had been welcomed by officials and analysts who say powerful local governors and warlords are among the biggest threats to security and stability in Afghanistan. Their personal militias often dwarf the fledgling national army and many have been slow to hand over customs revenues from lucrative trade routes. Dostum’s transfer to Kabul was announced after a meeting in the capital between Karzai and local leaders late last month, but no reasons have been given for the about face. Full Story

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