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In Va.'s Little Kabul, Tempered Joy; Afghans Celebrate Victory in Homeland but Fear Renewed Division
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The Washington Post - Washington, D.C.
Author: Wax, Emily
Date: Nov 14, 2001
Start Page: B.01
Section: METRO

The high-pitched Afghan rhythms from the stereo were louder and the lunch crowds thicker than usual inside the Food Corner Kabob restaurant yesterday in Annandale. Nearby, on college campuses, students unfurled Afghan flags, hanging them from their cars. They cheered and danced in student centers and parking lots.

For a few hours yesterday, there was elation. A moment -- like a historic battle won -- in which months of yearning for good news ended in impromptu celebration with reports that Taliban fighters retreated from the Afghan capital of Kabul.

The takeover appeared to proceed in orderly fashion, with less chaos and factional fighting than that which marked the capture of Kabul by Muslim mujaheddin guerrillas in 1992, when an Afghan communist government installed by the former Soviet Union collapsed. But there are still concerns that ethnic groups might soon start dividing again.

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