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Today marks the 90st anniversary of the founding of Afghanistan. Officials in the war-torn country, are using the day to highlight the importance of continuing with reconstruction despite the setbacks.
Security remains a big challenge. The Afghan government has worked out many measures to improve the country's security situation, including a recent ban on private security companies.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai issued a decree on Tuesday ordering private security companies to disband within four months. It's part of an ambitious plan for the government to take full responsibility of security from 2014.
The firms, who compete for billion dollar contracts, employ around 40,000 heavily armed guards to protect convoys, embassies, and diplomats.
Karzai has long been critical of the firms, saying they have caused horrific accidents. Many Afghans are welcoming the decision. But the speed with which the decree was issued took some western countries by surprise.
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