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Led by the northern warlord, General Rashid Dostum, Uzbeks are descendants of the nomad tribes of Central Asia. Many non-Uzbek Afghans regard members of this ethnic group as former Communists. This is partly because General Dostum fought alongside occupying Soviet forces in the 1980s before switching sides in 1992. Also, many Soviet troops came from Uzbekistan. However, many Afghan Uzbeks fled to northern Afghanistan to escape Soviet suppression of their customs and religion in the 1920s.
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