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Revealed: Afghan chief accused of campaign of terror is on US payroll

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The Independent, 18 March 2011
This article by Julius Cavendish throws some light on another of the shadowy forces operating in Afghanistan, the so-called ‘Afghan security guards’, also known amongst Afghans as ‘campaign’. It reveals that one commander in Urgun, Paktika, operates together with US special forces despite ‘persistent allegations that he launched a two-year spate of violence involving burglary, rape and murder of civilians, desecration of mosques and mutilation of corpses’. Him being a Tajik, in an overwhelmingly Pashtun environment, it also shows how ethnic rifts are instrumentalised.

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