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Jobs for Ex-Militants Feed Distrust of Afghan State

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Wall Street Journal, 1 April 2012
Yaroslav Trofimov tells the story of Commander Abdullah, locally known as Charsi, or hashish smoker, one of the most feared insurgent leaders in western Afghanistan and now ‘reintegrated’, waiting to be put in charge of the local Afghan Border Police. Local elders worry: ‘What lesson is this teaching to our young people? That if you go kill and rob, you’ll be rewarded with a good job and drive around in a police Ford Ranger?’


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