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Working toward a stable Afghanistan. (Washington Pulse).

The United States wants the current Afghan political experiment to succeed, said Douglas J. Feith, under secretary of defense for policy. "We want it to establish its authority throughout the country," he said during a meeting with reporters. "There are extremely difficult questions concerning what is the proper relationship between the central government and regional powers, and this is a problem that goes back a long way in Afghan history."

Right now, he said, the United States is trying to decide whether an international peacekeeping force should take on a larger security role. "We're talking with other countries about possibly contributing to the financing of the effort to train Afghans to perform both the police and the military functions," he said.
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Author:Book, Elizabeth G.
Publication:National Defense
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Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Apr 1, 2002
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