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U.S. troops on alert in Afghanistan

U.S. troops on alert in Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan, March 14 (UPI) -- The U.S. commander in Afghanistan put his forces on alert, warning a series of anti-American statements by President Hamid Karzai may endanger troops.

ISAF condemns Afghan wedding party bombing

AYBAK, Afghanistan, July 14 (UPI) -- Coalition military officials condemned the suicide bombing of an Afghan wedding party Saturday that killed about 20 people, including a well-known politician.

Tampering at Afghan mass grave sites

KABUL, Afghanistan, July 27 (UPI) -- Tampering of mass grave sites in the Afghan province of Jowzjan is hampering independent investigations, human rights officials said.

Washington neutral ahead of Afghan vote

WASHINGTON, Aug. 18 (UPI) -- Washington expressed concern over the return of a politically influential warlord to Afghanistan but remains neutral on any candidate in the Thursday vote.

Accountability needed in Afghan massacre

PHILADELPHIA, July 24 (UPI) -- It is critical for Washington to use due diligence in investigating a possible coverup of an alleged 2001 massacre in Afghanistan, rights groups say.

Rival claims over Dasht-i-Leili massacre

KABUL, Afghanistan, July 17 (UPI) -- Allegations regarding the mass killings of hundreds of Taliban prisoners in Afghanistan in 2001 are fabricated and disappointing, an Afghan warlord says.

Admin. put off probe of Afghan killings

WASHINGTON, July 10 (UPI) -- Bush administration officials discouraged an investigation into a mass killing in Afghanistan, government officials and human rights workers say.

Controversial warlord given top post

KABUL, Afghanistan, March 2 (UPI) -- Afghan President Hamid Karzai has given a top post to controversial militia commander Abdul Rashid Dostum despite his alleged link to human rights abuses. A presidential spokesman said Tuesday that Dostum had been appointed to the position of chief-of-sta

Afghan warlord survives suicide bombing

SHEBERGHAN, Afghanistan, Jan. 21 (UPI) -- A suicide bomber blew himself up in northern Afghanistan during an assassination attempt on Afghan warlord Gen. Abdul Rashid Dostum. The attack took place Thursday morning in the city of Sheberghan. Dostum was unharmed, while 20 spectators were injured, i

British Gurkhas rescue Afghan governor

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan, April 11 (UPI) -- British Army Gurkhas have rescued an Afghan governor from a mansion overrun by forces loyal to a local warlord, the London Telegraph reported Sunday.

Afghan confronts warlord in northwest area

MAIMANA, Afghanistan, April 9 (UPI) -- Afghanistan sent soldiers Friday to a provincial capital in a northwestern province that has been overrun by fighters loyal to an Uzbek warlord.

Afghan warlords promise peace

MAZAR-E SHARIF, Afghanistan, Nov. 5 (UPI) -- Two rival Afghan commanders have renewed promises to end their feuding after meeting with a U.N. Security Council delegation.

Kabul strikes deal with regional leaders

KABUL, Afghanistan, Oct. 26 (UPI) -- Two powerful regional leaders in Afghanistan agreed to unite their forces in a deal with President Hamid Karzai's government, a report said Sunday.

Afghan general wants democracy

TASHKENT, Uzbekistan, Nov. 16 (UPI) --
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Abdul Rashid Dostum ('Abd al-Raszhid Dostum or Dostam, also known as Heavy D, D-Diddy) (born 1954) is a former pro-Soviet fighter during the Soviet war in Afghanistan and is considered by many to be the leader of Afghanistan's Uzbek community. He joined the Afghan military in 1978, fighting with the Soviets and against the mujahideen throughout the 1980s before switching sides and joining the mujahideen. Dostum would again switch sides and has become infamous for his switching of allegiances. Most recently he was a general and Chief of Staff to the Commander in Chief of the Afghan National Army a role often viewed as ceremonial. In early 2008 he was removed from his army role because of the Akbar Bai kidnapping incident. Dostum spent a year living in exile in Turkey. In June 2009, Afghan President Hamid Karzai reappointed Dostum to his post.

Dostum has a long-standing reputation for brutality that has caused international concern; human rights groups have accused his troops of human rights violations, charges which Dostum denies.

Dostum was born in Khvajeh Do Kuh, Afghanistan. In 1970 he began to work in a state-owned gas refinery in Sheberghan, Jowzjan Province, participating in union politics. As the new government started to arm the staff of the workers in the oil and gas refineries. The reason for this was to create "groups for the defense of the revolution". Because of the new communist ideas entering Afghanistan in the 1970s, he enlisted himself in the army. At this time Dostum was on his basis of his military training in the Soviet Union. He returned to Afghanistan, getting a job in Ministry of State Security. His squadron, in response to increasing conflict, was deployed in the rural areas around Sheberghan, under the auspices of the Ministry of National Security.

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