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Afghan President Selects Defense Minister

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani Thursday announced his long-awaited nominee for the post of defense minister as Taliban insurgents have expanded their spring offensive to a wide area of the country.   “I am pleased to announce that Minister [Masoom] Stanekzai will be our next minister of defense,” Ghani told the opening session in Kabul of the International Contact Group [ICG], which is helping Afghanistan improve governance, and political and economic stability.   Stanekzai has...

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