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Leader in Afghan north dismisses Kabul government as a "show"

Wednesday, June 03, 2015 - 01:20

A powerful governor in northern Afghanistan complains of a lack of leadership by President Ghani, calling government action to contain Taliban violence a ''show''. Katie Sargent reports

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The powerful governor of Afghanistan's northern Balkh province says his warnings to the country's leaders of rising militant violence in the north have gone unheeded. General Atta Mohammad Noor says several months ago he told both President Ashraf Ghani and Afghanistan's Chief Executive Officer Abdullah Abdullah to prepare for more Taliban violence in the north. He says they promised they would take action but -- he says --- they didn't. On Tuesday unidentified militants attacked the office of a Czech-backed aid group in Balkh province -- killing nine Afghan employees. In an interview with Reuters last month, Noor said neither the president nor the CEO had done much to solve the country's problems. These two have not been honest with each other, he said. Anything that has been done so far was just a show. I suggest they work together and remain honest on their promises instead of the show-off movement, he said. Noor has commanded his own militia in the past and has been increasingly vocal on security matters. He said he disagrees with forming an army beyond the law -- but says if the government is not able to ensure security, he would support the idea of mobilizing people and former Mujahideed forces.

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Leader in Afghan north dismisses Kabul government as a "show"

Wednesday, June 03, 2015 - 01:20