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Afghan warlords agree ceasefire after fighting leaves 80 casualties

Rival warlords agreed to a ceasefire after two days of heavy fighting between their militias in northern Afghanistan left nearly 80 fighters dead or wounded. Tajik General Atta Mohammad and his rival Uzbek General Abdul Rashid Dostam agreed to the ceasefire after a meeting with Interior Minister Ali Ahmad Jalali and the British ambassador Ron Nash, Mohammad told reporters. “In this meeting we agreed to a ceasefire with immediate effect which will apply to all of the north,” he said Thursday. Hundreds of militiamen from Mohammad’s Jamiat and Dostam’s Junbish factions would withdraw from the frontlines west of Mazar-i-Sharif. Jalali gave the troops one day to withdraw. Full Story

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