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Afghanistan to Inaugurate Karzai - 2004-12-07


Afghanistan's first popularly elected president, Hamid Karzai, will be sworn in today (Tuesday), with fighters loyal to the ousted Taleban government threatening to launch attacks during the inauguration.

Afghan and foreign dignitaries are gathering at Mr. Karzai's fortress-like palace in Kabul for the event. U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld will be on hand for the ceremony.

Mr. Karzai served as Afghanistan's transitional president after U.S-led forces ousted the Taleban in late 2001. He won the nation's first presidential election in October.

Security is tight throughout the Afghan capital, and the U. S. military says quick reaction ground and air units from NATO and U.S.-led forces are part of a comprehensive plan to counter potential militant action.

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