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Afghan President Describes Militias as the Top Threat

President Hamid Karzai said Sunday that Afghanistan’s private militias had become the country’s greatest danger — greater than the Taliban insurgency — and that new action was required to disarm them. “We tried to do it by persuasion,” Mr. Karzai said in an interview with The New York Times two days after he had postponed parliamentary elections by six months because of the threat of disruption. But now, he said, “The stick has to be used, definitely.” Mr. Karzai did not specify what action he would undertake. But his assessment represented a new ranking of Afghanistan’s problems, with attacks by Taliban supporters and slow voter registration suddenly receding, to be replaced by worries about election intimidation by warlords and militias.Full Story

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