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Civil war fear as Afghan city falls to warlord

Fighters loyal to one of Afghanistan’s most powerful warlords have seized a major northern city from pro-government forces, raising fears that the country is sliding into civil war. The forces of General Abdul Rashid Dostum, a special adviser to President Hamid Karzai, who is known for crushing his prisoners under tanks, invaded the northern province of Faryab on Wednesday, according to officials. The provincial capital, Maimana, fell yesterday after Gen Dostum’s forces attacked it, officials said. According to Mr Karzai’s spokesman, Jawed Ludin, the city was yesterday in the hands of “irresponsible armed individuals from neighbouring provinces and areas around Maimana”. “General Dostum is an adviser to the president. However, that does not give him the right to deploy forces or get involved in any military operational issues,” Mr Ludin said. Full Story

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