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More security needed, Afghan aid groups say

When asked about U.S. Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld’s declaration last month that major combat in Afghanistan is over, aid worker Rafael Robillard has a favourite response: “He’s either joking, or he’s badly informed.” The comments may be tongue-in-cheek, but as head of Acbar — which represents more than 70 non-governmental organizations working in Afghanistan — his message is serious: The reality that aid groups as well as Afghan citizens face does not tally with the picture painted recently by Pentagon officials. On a brief visit May 1 to Afghanistan, Mr. Rumsfeld declared that the U.S.-led military coalition here was switching its focus from combat to reconstruction. Full Story

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