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23 October 2003

Washington Post

KUNDUZ, Afghanistan — "Name?" "Shah Mahmad." "Age?" "Thirty-four." "Can you read?" "No." "Any skills?" "Just this gun." With such terse exchanges, repeated several hundred times during the past two days at army bases across the northern province of Kunduz, Afghan and U.N. officials launched a long-awaited national program to disarm tens of thousands of factional fighters, demobilize them from their militia units and reintegrate them into civilian life. At... (

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