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Deadly Blasts Strike Two Cities In Afghanistan

At least 18 people — including about a dozen children — were killed in two separate bomb attacks. A suicide car bomber targeted a bakery that supplies bread to police in Helmand province, while a minivan filled with people hit a roadside bomb in Herat province.
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Killing Deals Another Blow To Afghan Peace Talks

A suicide bomber last week killed former Afghan President Burhanuddin Rabbani, who headed the country's council for peace and reconciliation. His death further damages the already limited prospects of peace negotiations.
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As Drones Evolve, More Countries Want Their Own

The Obama Administration has dramatically ramped up its use of drones as military and foreign policy tools. But many other countries want drones of their own, and advances in technology will soon allow for smaller, more powerful and cheaper models.
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The Rapid Rise Of America's Man In Kandahar

Just 33, Gen. Abdul Raziq is the acting police chief of Afghanistan's volatile Kandahar province. He was a key figure in the U.S. military's "surge" operation last year. But Raziq, a former warlord, has also been linked to abuses of power, including an alleged massacre, according to a new article in The Atlantic.
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American Killed In Attack On CIA Office In Kabul

An Afghan employed by the U.S. government was shot dead after he turned his weapon on his American colleagues, according to a U.S. Embassy statement. Another U.S. citizen was wounded in the shooting around the former Ariana Hotel, which ex-U.S. intelligence officials said is the CIA station in Kabul.
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Fragile U.S.-Pakistan Relations On Downward Spiral

Adm. Mike Mullen said last week that Pakistan's intelligence agency had a role in several high-profile attacks in Afghanistan, including one earlier this month on the U.S. Embassy in Kabul. The comments led to sharp denials from Pakistan and increased concerns about a new crisis between the two countries.

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