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Clinton, warlord at Karzai inauguration

Afghanistan’s President Hamid Karzai greets guards of honor as he arrives at the Presidential Palace in Kabul on Thursday.

Associated Press

Afghanistan’s President Hamid Karzai greets guards of honor as he arrives at the Presidential Palace in Kabul on Thursday.

Clinton, warlord among leaders at Karzai inauguration

President Hamid Karzai began his second term Thursday under international pressure to select a Cabinet that can regain the trust of disillusioned Afghans, quash widespread government corruption and build a reliable military that can take charge of Afghanistan's defense. The ceremony at the Presidential Palace in Kabul was attended by 800 guests. On one side of the cavernous room sat Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. On the other side was Abdul Rashid Dostum, the Afghan warlord who has become a symbol of cronyism and corruption. Before returning to Washington, Clinton said the Obama administration expects to see "an effective government that respects the rights of the people."

Clinton, warlord at Karzai inauguration 11/19/09 [Last modified: Thursday, November 19, 2009 10:17pm]

    

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