Abdul Rashid Dostum (former warlord, communist, anti-communist, government minister, general, powerbroker, mujihadeen, etc.) is mobilizing supporters across northern Afghanistan (especially Faryab province where a significant Uzbek population is found) in the fight against armed militants (Taliban and others). The former general holds no formal military post but has great influence among many armed militias across northern Afghanistan. He has formed a temporary alliance with a life-long enemy - Atta Mohammad Noor - the powerful governor of Balkh province. Periodically he ventures into northern Afghanistan to lead 'offensives' against militants. Read more in "Afghanistan's Dostum unites friends, foes in anti-Taliban fight", by Anuj Chopra, Yahoo! News, November 21, 2015.