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Afghan Vice President Raises Concerns by Turning to Militias in Taliban Fight

Martine van Bijlert < 1 min

New York Times, 18 August 2015

NYT’s Mujib Mashal takes a closer look at how deteriorating security in North Afghanistan prompted Vice President Dostum to activate a collection of local militias and to open a command centre in his pink palace in Shiberghan. “Partly because of pressures from President Ashraf Ghani, government officials said, Mr. Dostum’s offensive has been downgraded to a morale-building tour of the national forces” but “militiamen have been flowing in to fight the Taliban — and increasingly… one another.”