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Is there a moderate faction among the Taliban?
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The Herald - Glasgow (UK)
Author: Settle, Michael
Date: Oct 23, 2001
Start Page: 4
Abstract (Document Summary)

THE "curse of Afghanistan," during the past 200 years, has been the constant struggle for influence over the landlocked mountainous country, whether it was between the British Empire and Imperial Russia or the Taliban and the Northern Alliance.

Pakistan's General Pervez Musharraf is wary of the anti-Taliban Northern Alliance gaining control and would also like a moderate Taliban element involved.

There has also been talk of bringing Zahir Shah, the 86-year-old former king, out of his exile in Rome and placing him as a head of state in Kabul, but among the figures likely to form a fledgling administration are General Fahim, who replaced the assassinated Ahmed Shah Massoud as military leader of the main Taliban opposition group Jamaat Islami, and General Dostum, the Uzbek warlord.

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