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April 2, 2010
'The Warlords' MPAA rating: R for sequences of strong violence Running time: 1 hour, 50 minutes; Mandarin with English subtitles Playing: Nuart Theatre, West L.A.; South Coast Village 3, Santa Ana
March 11, 2014
Mohammad Qasim Fahim Influential Afghan vice president Influential Afghan Vice President Mohammad Qasim Fahim, 57, a leading commander in the alliance that fought the Taliban who was later accused with other warlords of targeting civilian areas during the country's civil war, died Sunday of natural causes in Kabul. He had diabetes and other ailments. Fahim was an ethnic Tajik who was the top deputy of Ahmad Shah Massoud, the charismatic Northern Alliance commander who was killed in an Al Qaeda suicide bombing two days before the Sept.
December 3, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
Afghanistan's two main northern warlords relinquished dozens of tanks and heavy guns to the Afghan National Army. The action by Abdul Rashid Dostum and Atta Mohammed, whose armies have attacked each other for two years, is a small triumph for the government's attempts to control the provinces. The warlords handed over the arms at separate compounds near Mazar-i-Sharif.
March 7, 2014 | By Robyn Dixon
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - The International Criminal Court on Friday handed down the second conviction in its 12-year history, finding former Congolese warlord Germain Katanga guilty on four counts of war crimes and one count of crimes against humanity. Katanga, a leader of the Patriotic Resistance Force in Ituri, one of the myriad armed militias in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, was found guilty of being an accomplice to murders and pillage during a 2003 attack on the village of Bogoro.
March 31, 1993 | Reuters
Two warlords in Tajikistan killed each other in a shootout that also left up to 15 bodyguards dead, a journalist quoted military officers as saying Tuesday. The warlords, vying for power within the Tajik Popular Front, died in a hail of bullets after an argument in the southern region of Kurgan-Tyube, the journalist said.
December 20, 2009 | By Laura King
The Cabinet nominees announced by President Hamid Karzai on Saturday underscore the competing demands the Afghan leader confronts as he embarks on a troubled second term in office. Karzai, inaugurated last month after a fraud-tainted election, is trying to simultaneously placate restive Western backers, woo his disillusioned public and pacify powerful warlords who have helped keep him in power. The Cabinet list, leaked by presidential aides a day before being presented to lawmakers Saturday, retained some well-regarded ministers in posts considered crucial to rebuilding Afghanistan and fighting the Taliban.
April 27, 2012 | By Robyn Dixon and Carol J. Williams, Los Angeles Times
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - The litany of abuses was chilling: mass murder, rape, sexual slavery. Forcing children to fight. Chopping off victims' limbs. Former Liberian President Charles Taylor's conviction Thursday by an international tribunal in the Netherlands on charges of abetting such war crimes in the West African country of Sierra Leone sent a powerful message to other warlords that they will eventually face justice, human rights activists and prosecutors say. But it also highlights what can be a wrenching tension between pursuing justice or peace first in some of the world's most violent, chaotic corners.
The director of surgery at the public hospital was a Muslim cleric with no medical experience. The state bank director had memorized every verse of the Holy Koran but knew nothing of finance. In all the Taliban provincial offices here, only the mullah who headed the provincial office of the Ministry for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice appeared qualified for his job.
June 19, 2010 | By Alex Rodriguez, Los Angeles Times
The morning raid caught members of the tribal militia by surprise. By the end of the attack on the camp on a patch of desert scrub in eastern Afghanistan, 12 fighters of a group that had dared to take on the Taliban were dead. But their attackers were not Taliban militants. They were fellow Shinwari tribesmen, incensed that the militia had commandeered a swath of their land. The incident this year highlights the pitfalls of establishing militias in Afghanistan, a country marked by tribal rivalries, age-old feuds and warlords.
January 9, 2010 | By Laura King
The supplicants had come from all over the north of Afghanistan. Bowing as they made their way to the front of the ornate reception room, they bent one by one to kiss the hand of power. Gov. Atta Mohammad Noor, the bushy beard of his days as a rough-hewn mujahedin commander long since replaced by fashionable stubble, had the satisfied look of a man receiving his due. Atta, whom some critics call the personification of Afghanistan's deeply entrenched warlord culture, represents a quandary for the nations that supply the country with tens of thousands of troops and billions of dollars in aid. The United States and its allies are considering ways to skirt the corruption-tainted central government and invest local and provincial officials with more authority.
December 22, 2013 | By David Zucchino
SAFID SHIR, Afghanistan - Astride his dappled gray stallion, Mohammad Karim looked like a weathered warrior, though he wielded a grain sack instead of a carbine. Decades ago, Karim was a mujahid, a mountain tribesman who took up arms against Soviet soldiers and, later, the Taliban. Now 45, with white whiskers beneath his pakol , a traditional Afghan hat, he is again prepared to fight if his beloved Panjshir Valley is threatened. "If the Taliban tries to come back, we'll fight them and kill them," he said, as he rode his horse near the shimmering blue Panjshir River and hillside trees streaked with autumn gold.
October 18, 2013 | By Michael Hiltzik
Not long ago, the travel website Roads & Kingdoms reported that the African nation of Somaliland had put its faith in a new export to raise itself from poverty: camel meat .  "Somaliland's future prosperity may just ride on the camel," the author wrote. We shall see. As one of the few Americans who has actually partaken of this, um, delicacy, I thought I'd share my experience. It was August 1992. The place was Mogadishu, Somalia, where I was reporting on the civil war that had broken out after longtime dictator Mohamed Siad Barre fled the country, leaving his capital city in the hands of two mutually antagonistic warlords.
April 3, 2013 | By Robyn Dixon
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- Uganda's military has suspended its hunt for notorious warlord Joseph Kony after rebels toppled the president of the Central African Republic last month. Kony, indicted by the International Criminal Court on charges of crimes against humanity, is believed to be hiding in the eastern Central African Republic with his Lord's Resistance Army of several hundred fighters. A spokesman for the Ugandan military, Felix Kulayigye, told journalists Wednesday that Seleka, the rebel alliance that ousted Central African Republic President Francois Bozize, isn't willing to cooperate with the Kony hunt, so the operation had been suspended.
March 26, 2013 | By Emily Alpert
Standing before the International Criminal Court on Tuesday for the first time, Congolese warlord Bosco Ntaganda denied he was guilty of a long list of wartime crimes. Ntaganda faces charges of forcing children to fight as soldiers and indirectly perpetrating murder, rape, attacks on civilians and other crimes against humanity. He was officially informed of the charges against him at the hearing Tuesday in the Hague. The warlord said he was not guilty before a judge interrupted and told him he did not yet need to enter a plea.
March 19, 2013 | By Robyn Dixon
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- In his seven years on the run from international justice, Congolese warlord Bosco Ntaganda became a symbol of the International Criminal Court's impotence. Now the court, which lacks a police force to arrest those it has indicted, will have an unexpected opportunity to demonstrate its relevance in Ntaganda's case. The warlord-turned-general-turned-warlord, who launched last year's rebellion in Eastern Congo, shocked everyone when he walked into the U.S. embassy in the Rwandan capital of Kigali on Monday and asked to be handed over to the ICC to stand trial.
January 12, 2013 | By David Zucchino, Los Angeles Times
TARIN KOWT, Afghanistan - A shy boy with filthy hands and a shabby tunic approached the great man, bowed and tried to kiss his hand. Gen. Matiullah Khan was seated like a sultan on a cushion in his hojra , his airy receiving room. He barely looked at the boy. He nodded to an aide, who withdrew a thick wad of Pakistani rupees from his pocket and handed it to Matiullah. The most powerful man in Oruzgan province, a warlord and tribal leader turned police chief, glanced at the cash.
July 16, 1993
And we call the Somali leaders warlords? MABEL HUTCHINSON Capistrano Beach
March 17, 2002
Re "Angola's Jonas Savimbi Was No Freedom Fighter," Commentary, March 11: Piero Gleijeses is to be commended for bringing Africa's tragic problems to the fore in a media world obsessed with the Middle East and for raising a much-needed alarm about the U.S. proclivity for supporting vicious warlords just because it seems a good idea at the time. However, his attempt to burnish the regressive Fidel Castro's image as a genuine revolutionary is a major disservice. When a usurper like Castro has his revolutionary credentials certified by the likes of Henry Kissinger, you know he's a phony.
November 14, 2012 | By Carol J. Williams
Despite unspeakable brutality committed over 25 years, Lord's Resistance Army leader Joseph Kony continues to elude betrayal even by his victims. He is hunted by thousands of African Union troops guided by U.S. special forces, yet few familiar with Kony's history of murder, mutilation, kidnapping, sexual enslavement and child-soldier recruitment see much immediate prospect for his arrest and trial on war crimes charges. Kony's loyalists may have dwindled to as few as 200. Yet even as they remain scattered across remote stretches of the Democratic Republic of Congo, South Sudan and the Central African Republic, his ragtag, poorly armed followers and their young captives survive by their wits in a sheltering jungle, ignored by indifferent governments and able to maintain a reign of terror.
October 28, 2012 | By Ned Parker, Los Angeles Times
KABUL, Afghanistan - If they could sit down together, the chancellor and the hotheaded student activist who helped shut down his university might find that they are not so very different. After all, Afghanistan's history has dealt both men harsh blows. But that same history also divides them. The older one, attuned to what was lost in decades of war, seeks stability at all costs; the student, knowing just conflict and chaos, has no patience left for the older generation he blames for the violence.
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