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Afghans Hand in Weapons to Launch Disarmament Drive

Hundreds of Afghans handed in their weapons at a northern military barracks on Tuesday to kick-off an ambitious plan to disarm 100,000 militiamen across the country over two years. But as the pilot project got under way in the largely peaceful northern province of Kunduz, serious question-marks still hang over the United Nations-backed “Disarmament, Demobilisation and Reintegration (DDR)” project. Doubts remain about whether Afghanistan’s unruly warlords will really cooperate with the plan, and whether those soldiers taking part will give up for good a life based on the gun. In the 54th Division headquarters in Kunduz, hundreds of Afghan men in civilian clothes lined up patiently in a dusty square to hand in weapons and tick their name off a list. Full Story

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