November 13, 2012

Afghan Warlord's Call to Arms Rattles Kabul

Graham Bowley, New York Times

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One of the most powerful mujahedeen commanders in Afghanistan, Ismail Khan, is calling on his followers to reorganize and defend the country against the Taliban as Western militaries withdraw, in a public demonstration of faltering confidence in the national government and the Western-built Afghan National Army.

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