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Warlord Runs for President of Afghanistan

A powerful Afghan warlord will challenge President Hamid Karzai in the country’s historic October elections, his spokesman said Thursday. Abdul Rashid Dostum decided to run after securing support across the war-riven country’s deep ethnic divides, his spokesman Faizullah Zaki said. He also was feted by thousands of supporters at a rally Thursday in the northern city of Mazar-e-Sharif. “He didn’t want to depend on his own movement, he wanted more people to support him, and today the people showed that,” Zaki said. “He will run for president.”Full Story

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