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Welcome to Kabul:Reconstructions. You can follow the information below, which has been gathered from a
number of sources by a number of participants (click on the names at left for bios), to reconstruct your
own picture of events in Kabul since this site was launched on March 8th, 2003 and, in a sense, since the
reconstruction of Afghanistan began somewhere in the winter of 2001-02.
Some of this information has been provided in response to specific questions submitted by visitors like you. Please note that this section of the project is now maintained as an archive and has not been updated since 2005. Click here to ASK A QUESTION.
Arian Mouj Sharifi
Rumsfeld sympathizes with General Dostum's reluctance to give up his personal militia (AP)
Dostum retains some weapons . The Associated Press Col.Dickie Davis, the British commander of a "provincial reconstruction team" that is attempting to use both civilian and military tools to improve security and quell factional rivalries, told Rumsfeld that Dostum was "dragging his feet." Dostum has given up the military units he trusts least, while maintaining most of his heavy artillery and armor, Davis said. Rumsfeld told Davis he could understand Dostum's reluctance to surrender the foundation of his power. "I don't think his position is unreasonable," Rumsfeld said. At a joint news conference later in Kabul with Karzai, Rumsfeld said he had made it clear to Dostum and Mohammed that the United States sees the disarmament and disbanding of regional armies as "an important step for this country" if it is to gain political stability and prosperity to avoid becoming a haven once again for terrorist groups like Osama bin Laden's al-Qaida. "Their response was certainly positive and appropriate," the defense secretary said.
Posted By: mariam   December 16th 2003, 2003 7:23 PM
Kabul: Partial Reconstructions is an installation
and public dialogue project that explores the multiple meanings and resonances of
the idea of reconstruction -- as both process and metaphor -- in the context of present-day Kabul.
www.kabul-reconstructions.net is an online discussion forum, information resource, and medium for the communication of questions and answers about the reconstruction between people inside and outside the city of Kabul itself.