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Armed Anti-Militant Bands Hound Civilians In Restive Afghan Province

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Gandhara, 25 January 2018

A new example of ‘militias gone wrong‘ in the northeast of Afghanistan, here Kunduz, by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty blog contributors Ajmal Aryan and Abubakar Siddique.:

Farmers across Kunduz say illegal militias prey on their livelihoods and extort money or take away a portion of their produce in the name of Islamic taxes such as Zakat and Usher.

The presence of a large number of militants mostly associated with the Taliban in the Kunduz countryside compounds this problem. They compete with the illegal gunmen, who are mostly nominally affiliated with Arbakis.