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Afghan Factions Vie For Position Amid Civil War Fears

In Afghanistan, ethnic political parties are carving up the government and military in anticipation of renewed factional fighting after Western forces leave the country. Tajik and Pashtun groups, in particular, are placing party faithful in key posts.

Deadly Insurgents With Ties To U.S. Dollars

The Haqqani Network operates in eastern Afghanistan, where it carries out bombings and kidnappings. It was also blamed for the recent bombing at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul. New York Times reporter Mark Mazzetti says the network finances its activities partially through extortion money it receives from U.S.-funded contractors in Afghanistan.

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.

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.

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.

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.