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261200ZAUG07 CJ3 JEC PRT QAL-E-NAW: NEW BADGHIS GOVERNOR FACES PASHTUN INSURGENCY: (Source: AMEMBASSY KABUL 02863, 26 Aug 07)
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(C//NF) PRT QAL-E-NAW: NEW BADGHIS GOVERNOR FACES PASHTUN INSURGENCY: (Source: AMEMBASSY KABUL 02863, 26 Aug 07) The new Badghis Governor''s first challenge is dealing with the insurgency which has displaced the government in several northern districts where Pashtuns are concentrated. Insurgent gains reflect: thin government presence and poor service delivery across much of the province, corruption under the prior governor, endemic tensions between Pashtuns and Tajiks, Pashtun perception of inequitable distribution of development assistance, and, ultimately, a weak and reactive security posture by Afghan security forces and Spanish-led ISAF forces. Governor Nasiri, an ethnic Pashtun who has been in place since late June, is resisting calls from Tajiks for the formation of militias to bolster government forces. He is also appealing for assistance from Kabul to demonstrate the government can deliver security and services. The Spanish PRT is pressing for the deployment of additional ANA units in key districts, but ISAF reports that available units are already committed. Embassy is pressing for a more forward-leaning posture by Spanish and Afghan security forces in the province, and USAID is exploring how to support the new governor.