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30 Taliban join peace process in Badghis

30 Taliban join peace process in Badghis

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Aug 18, 2011 - 16:20

QALA-I-NAW (PANinfo-icon): About 30 Talibaninfo-icon fighters, including two local commanders, joined the peace process and handed their weapons to the government in the western province of Badghis, an official said on Thursday.

The insurgents, who were active in Qadis district, were convinced to join the peace process by intelligence officials, Col. Abu Bakar, the deputy director of the National Directorate of Security for Badghis, told Pajhwok Afghan News.

The militants, who operated in Zori, Eshkam Khaza and Aab-i-Garmak areas of the district, turned in 32 pieces of weapons, including 13 Kalashnikovs, a rocket launcher, one pistol and guns, he said.

"From now on, I will not help Taliban fighters," Juma Gul, one of the rebel commanders, said, adding they had been promised recruitment into police.

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