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U.N.: Afghan Disarmament Drive in Jeopardy

A plan to disarm Afghanistan’s warring militias ahead of landmark elections is “seriously in jeopardy” because of obstruction by powerful commanders, the United Nations warned Thursday. The Afghan Ministry of Defense adopted a plan in late March to disarm 40 percent of the country’s estimated 100,000 irregular fighters by June 30. But the U.N.’s top official in Afghanistan said the plan, which President Hamid Karzai used to drum up billions of dollars in aid pledges at a donor conference in Germany, has not yet begun. “The possibility that it will be completed in time is now seriously in jeopardy,” U.N. Special Representative Jean Arnault said in a statement read by his spokesman. Full Story

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