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Saturday, January 22, 2005

Germany sees Afghan unrest as drug war intensifies

BERLIN, Jan 21 (Reuters) Violence in Afghanistan is expected to increase when the Afghan government steps up its war on drugs, German Defence Minister Peter Struck said today.

"We have to expect that the security situation will worsen when the Afghan government massively increases measures to combat drugs, probably in the next two or three months," Struck told a news conference.

"The question of when one can assume Afghanistan is stable and the central government in Kabul has consolidated its authority cannot be answered as of today ... Of course we are trying to make that happen as soon as possible," Struck said.

A drug war is always a useful tool for consolidating the authority of a central government.


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