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Afghanistan: ex-warlord’s return raises hope for peace

In a significant new development, the exiled Afghan leader Gulbuddin Hekmatyar recently returned to Kabul after 20 years. Controversial yet widely revered by the Pashtuns in Afghanistan, the prominent ex-warlord has retained immense influence over his followers, and his symbolic homecoming has already unsettled his opponents. In his heyday, Hekmatyar spearheaded an effective and lethal […]