Thursday, December 23, 2004

Canucks to Kandahar/Karzai to Legitimacy
The Canadian military is setting up shop in Kandahar, and Karzai is dropping warlords from his cabinet. Coincidence?
New Afghan Cabinet Adds Technocrats, Cuts Warlords

Published: December 24, 2004
NEW DELHI, Dec. 23 - After weeks of deliberations, Afghanistan's president, Hamid Karzai, announced his new cabinet on Thursday night, offering a lineup largely free of wartime commanders and heavy on technocrats.

Mr. Karzai, who indicated in recent comments that he wanted ministers who would not spend their time on politics, has largely purged the cabinet of so-called jihadis, regional military commanders who led forces of mujahedeen, or holy warriors, against the Soviet occupying army and then the Taliban.

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