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Afghan Strongman Attacks Northern Province

An Afghan provincial governor appealed to the central government to send in troops on Wednesday after several districts of his northern province were overrun by forces of a notorious regional strongman. Forces of ethnic Uzbek commander General Abdul Rashid Dostum seized several districts of Faryab province after a four-pronged assault overnight, provincial governor Anayatullah told Reuters. He said fighting was going on 12 miles from the provincial capital Maimana. “Our demand from the central government is to step in and send soldiers from the new army to stop the bloodshed and the destruction here,” he said. Anayatullah said Dostum had sent “many” fighters from neighboring provinces to take over Faryab. Full Story

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