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Words in the News
Wednesday 14 November 2001
Vocabulary from the news. Listen to and read the report then find explanations of difficult words below.

  Taleban soldiers
The Northern Alliance takes Kabul
Summary: The Northern Alliance has entered Kabul. The international community has a mixed reaction about this development. This report from Abbas Nadir in Islamabad.
   
The News Listen  
  Many in Pakistan see the entry into Kabul of Northern Alliance forces as a betrayal by the United States. They are quick to point to the initial reaction by the Pentagon that expressed unreserved glee at the development. Only three days ago, they say, President Bush appeared to be endorsing General Musharraf’s call for the Northern Alliance to stay out of Kabul until a broad-based administration was in place. A Pakistan Foreign Ministry spokesman warned that if the Northern Alliance is allowed to form a Government in Kabul, the civil war in Afghanistan would continue, dashing all hopes of peace.
 
   
The Words Listen
 
  betrayal
'an act of betrayal' is when someone who you thought was a friend does something to harm you

 
   
  initial reaction
first response

 
   
  unreserved glee
unrestricted joy or happiness

 
   
  endorsing
supporting

 
   
  broad-based administration
a government made up of many different political groups

 
   
  in place
set up

 
   
  civil war
opposing armies of the same nationality fighting against each other

 
   
  dashing all hopes
ruining any possibility (of peace)

 
   
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