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New Afghan Army asserts itself

The recent fighting in Afghanistan’s western province of Herat is seen by many as an effort to mar the country’s first democratic presidential elections, but for President Hamid Karzai it has also provided the opportunity to flex his muscle and show how far his government has come in the last three years. With 13,700 soldiers, the fledgling Afghan National Army (ANA) has become a force that Mr. Karzai has used to douse flareups between warlords who still rule a majority of the country.Full Story

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