Dostum on the Offensive

Uzbek general, Abdul Rashid Dostum, looks to turn key northern afghan town into the capital of a provisional administration of anti-Taleban groups.

Dostum on the Offensive

Uzbek general, Abdul Rashid Dostum, looks to turn key northern afghan town into the capital of a provisional administration of anti-Taleban groups.

Monday, 21 February, 2005

The forces of Northern Alliance commander General Abdul Rashid Dostum were close to capturing the airport outside Mazar-e-Sharif this week, and appear set to launch an offensive on the strategic northern town.


The Northern Alliance intends to set up a provisional government there. According to the movement's spokesman Abdullah Abdullah, the new administration is expected to have 120 posts, 50 for the different factions of the anti-Taleban coalition, 50 for representatives of the former Afghan King Zaher Shah and the various Pashtun tribes, and 20 for eminent Afghan

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