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Recalling Past Threats, Afghans in Tranquil [Panjshir] Valley Work to Keep It That Way

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New York Times, 13 January 2014

Panjshiris are preparing themselves against a Taleban comeback, reports the Times. "Western security experts and senior Afghan defense officials say Panjshiri boasts about squirreling away weapons throughout the valley are credible. … Panjshir is also the only province where uniformed agents from the National Directorate of Security, Afghanistan’s main intelligence agency, are basically on highway patrol. They are instantly recognizable at checkpoints with their American M4 assault rifles and fitted body armor, and they regularly cruise the road through the valley in late-model Toyota pickup trucks with weapon mounts."


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