Taliban Out, but How to Prevent Return?

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"There is no such thing as a military solution. The success that we claim, if you want to call it a success, is to create a platform and an environment for political dispensation and establishing the writ of the government," he said.

Sharifullah Khan, Bajaur's political agent, will lead the effort to restore government writ. He said he had been given funds to recreate a heavily damaged water supply and electricity grid as well as to start rebuilding schools and roads. He said he is working closely with USAID, which has built schools in Bajaur, according to U.S. officials.

But he said he needed money to rebuild the homes, a process that will take up to three years. He also said peace in his agency is dependent on peace in the larger area.

"Until Afghanistan is stabilized," he said, "incidents will take place in the tribal areas."

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