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KABUL, Afghanistan — The nightmare scenario of NATO leaving Afghanistan to face a new period of ethnic violence and civil conflict has already become a reality in the southern province of Uruzgan.

There a militia commanded by a man named Abdul Hakim Shujaee is accused of deliberately destroying houses, raping women and murdering dozens of civilians. The government has ordered his arrest, but he remains free.

It is the kind of situation huge swathes of the country experienced after the Soviet Union withdrew and warlords ruled the land. Today it’s one of many signs that a similar era is emerging again.

Afghanistan’s post-NATO era starts to take shape

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