Talk:Ismail Khan

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Khan was, as the article mentions, removed from his post of Herat governor in 2004. But this article makes it sound like he is still a ruling warlord. Does anyone know anything about what kind of power Khan holds today? Does he still have a private army? Does he exercise any informal control? Everyking 14:32, 13 October 2005 (UTC)

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There's a lot of good information that's come together here about Khan in the last few months or so. Some of it, from contributors such as myself who may be external to Central Asia but have an interest in this part of the world and it's recent history, is based on reading news media and books. Some of it, on the other hand, appears to be based on direct or local knowledge particularly about more recent events. I think in both cases, we need to start following Wikipedia guidelines in terms of citing sources (books, news media, websites, etc) and maintaining Neutral Point of View. It can be difficult especially in sensitive subject areas such as this where outside perceptions often are very different from local knowledge or perceptions, and where the history involved has been as tortuous, violent and tragic as it's been in Afghanistan in the last 30 years (or longer). Nevertheless, I think Wikipedia provides an opportunity to bring together information and viewpoints to produce a valuable, supportable, and informative source of information, not just about Khan but about other individuals and events in this part of the world. I've started this "cleanup" process by citing Steve Coll's excellent book "Ghost Wars", which touches on the early events around Khan's rise to prominence in the late 1970's. Cheers, Psarj 14:08, 27 October 2006 (UTC)


The last section of this article, regarding Ismail Khan's contoversial human rights record, is lacking in proper citations. Serious charges such as these require links to verifiable sources. --JD79 14:46, 27 December 2006 (UTC)

The article is wrong[edit]

The article states that in 2004, the central government run by Karzai sent in troop to combat Kahn. However, according to Jane's, the central government in Kabul sent in forces to assist Kahn's forces against three allied invading warlords. Kahn, it seems, is an ally of the central government. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 02:57, 8 January 2010 (UTC)

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