Abdul Rashid Dostum

In March 1, 2005, Dostum was appointed as the Chief of Staff to the Commander of the Armed Forces by President Hamid Karzai. He officially took office on April 18th and stepped down as the head of Jumbesh-i-Milli Islami (National Islamic Movement). Dostum was also a candidate in the presidential elections of October 2004. He is very popular with the ethnic Uzbeks in Northern Afghanistan. Dostum was a former Communist General who switched sides to help the Mujahideen bring down Dr. Najibullah's Russian supported government.

By Abdullah Qazi - Last updated June 18, 2005.


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