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Afghan President Removes Three Militia Commanders

Afghan President Hamid Karzai has removed three powerful militia leaders from posts as army commanders as part of a shake-up aimed at ensuring an October election is safe and fair, a spokesman said on Tuesday. The militia commanders include General Ustad Atta Mohammad, whose men have often clashed with ethnic-Uzbek forces of a rival commander. He is one of Afghanistan’s most powerful faction commanders and helped defeat the Taliban in 2001. “This is part of a series of changes that will continue,” said presidential spokesman, Jawed Ludin. “Our aim was to give people assurances.”Full Story

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