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Kabul Orders Troops to Quell Latest Violence

For the second time in two weeks, President Hamid Karzai is sending newly trained Afghan National Army troops from the capital to quell fighting in outlying regions, this time in northern Afghanistan, government officials said. Heavy fighting broke out Wednesday as an Uzbek warlord’s militia advanced on Maimana, the capital of the northern province of Fariab, forcing the local governor to appeal for support from the central government. The government ordered a battalion of 750 men to prepare to fly on Thursday to Maimana, said Gen. Mir Jan, a spokesman for the Defense Ministry. A senior government delegation, led by the deputy chief of staff and a presidential adviser, left for the region on Wednesday, he said.Full Story

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