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New Afghan Defense Minister Should Face Investigation, Sanctions

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani’s appointment in December of Asadullah Khalid as defense minister should have rung alarm bells not only in Kabul, but in the capitals of Afghanistan’s major donors. That it didn’t says a lot about how little human rights matter to an increasingly shaky government, and to donors looking for an exit from the long Afghan war. Expand Defense Minister of Afghanistan, Asadullah Khalid. © US Department of State file photo Credible evidence of serious human rights abuses and war crimes linked to Khalid have followed him throughout his government career. Reports first…

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