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Nepal rebels reveal strength for first time, say they have 36,000 troops

Nepal’s Maoist rebels have for the first time revealed the strength of their forces, saying they have around 36,000 soldiers and 10,000 weapons, a senior commander told AFP. “Our fighters number around 36,000. They are scattered across the country and will remain under the supervision of the United Nations once we reach an agreement,” said Ananta, military leader of Nepal’s central region. The rebels and new government have observed a ceasefire for the last two months as part of a plan to share power. Full Story

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