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Belated Afghan Disarmament Gets Off to Slow Start

Afghanistan (news – web sites)’s government launched a belated drive Monday to disarm tens of thousands of factional fighters, a program seen as crucial to the war-torn country’s stability ahead of elections in September. The main disarmament push kicked off in Kabul with the handing over of 69 aging and badly damaged Soviet-era surface-to-air-missiles, and the decommissioning of 135 members of the 99th Rocket Brigade. “This process will be implemented all across the country,” Deputy Defense Minister General Rahim Wardak said at the official launch of the main disarmament drive held at a bombed out military base on the outskirts of the capital. Full Story

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