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Afghani: The currency of Afghanistan. The afghani traded at various levels in early 2003: one U.S. dollar bought between 41 and 51 afghanis.
Amniat: “Security,” used to refer to the Afghan intelligence service, Amniat-e Mille (“National Security”).
Burqa and Chadori: Terms used interchangeably in many parts of Afghanistan to describe a head-to-toe garment worn by women that completely covers the body and face, allowing vision through a mesh screen.
Dari: Afghan Persian, one of Afghanistan’s main languages.
DDR: Disarmament, demobilization, and reintegration.
Firqa: A mid-sized military base, smaller than a qol-e urdu but larger than a ghund (see below).
Ghund: A type of military base, smaller than a firqa (see above).
Hazara: An ethnicity in Afghanistan. Afghanistan’s other main ethnic groups include Pashtuns, Tajiks, Uzbeks, and Nuristanis.
Hijab: Generally, dress for women that conforms to Islamic standards, varying among countries and cultures; usually includes covering the hair and obscuring the shape of the body.
ISAF: International Security Assistance Force, the international peacekeeping force currently stationed in Kabul.
Loya Jirga: Pashto phrase meaning “grand council.” A loya jirga is a political meeting usually used to choose new kings, adopt constitutions, or decide important political matters and disputes.
Mahram: A close male relative (husband, brother, father, or son) who is allowed to see a woman without full hijab.
Mujahidin: “Those who engage in jihad.” As used in this report, this refers to the forces that fought successive Soviet-backed regimes, although many former mujahidin parties continue to use it with reference to themselves.
Pashto: The primary language spoken by many Pashtuns.
Pashtun: The largest ethnicity in Afghanistan and a plurality of the population (Pashtuns also reside in Pakistan); historically Afghanistan’s main leaders have been Pashtun.
PRTs: Provincial Reconstruction Teams, mixed groups of troops and civilians formed by the United States in late 2002 and 2003 being deployed in a few particularly unstable regions.
Shura: “Council.” The shuras mentioned in this report include both governmental and nongovernmental bodies.
Qol-e Urdu: A regional military base and the largest type of base in Afghanistan.