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Citing Taliban's Rise, Militias Seek to Re-Arm

Pir Ramqul Ziyayee, an Afghan parliament member who was once one of the most ruthless militia commanders in the region, says a U.N. disarmament program has left Northern Afghanistan defenseless.
Pir Ramqul Ziyayee, an Afghan parliament member who was once one of the most ruthless militia commanders in the region, says a U.N. disarmament program has left Northern Afghanistan defenseless.

The rise of the Taliban insurgency in southern Afghanistan threatens to destabilize the country's north, where militia commanders, are openly calling for their men to be re-armed.

Some of the northern militia commanders agreed to hand over their weapons to the United Nations after the overthrow of the Taliban.

But if the West doesn't help, they say they will turn to Russia for the guns.

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