Kabulkops Move Into Northern Afghan City
MAZAR-E-SHARIF: Hundreds of police reinforcements poured into this northern Afghan city on Monday to help keep the peace won in a shaky truce between two feuding warlords. About 300 police from the capital, Kabul, took up positions in Mazar-e-Sharif, a token force but one that reinforces the government's commitment to stopping the on-again off-again battles between warlords Atta Mohammed and Abdul Rashid Dostum. Several past agreements between the men — both ostensibly loyal to the government of President Hamid Karzai — have crumbled, and there were indications the most recent truce was under strain. Gen. Abdul Sabur, a top commander and spokesman for Mohammed's side, said Dostum's men had attacked Mohammed's fighters in the Kohistanat district of Sari Pul province, about 170 miles southwest of Mazar-e-Sharif. "Certainly this could harm the peace, and we will defend ourselves when attacked," Sabur told The Associated Press. He called for an investigation. Sabur said Dostum's men attacked late Sunday with rockets and heavy machine guns, but there was no word of any casualties. A spokesman for Dostum disputed the account, but said it was possible that some hostilities had broken out. "I have no information of any fighting. If there is any it is small," said Gen. Syad Noorulla.
Posted by: Fred Pruitt 2003-10-13