Suicide bomber targets memorial service for Karzai brother

A suicide bomber hiding explosives in his turban blew himself up inside a mosque during a memorial service for Afghan president Hamid Karzai's assassinated half brother, officials say.

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Wedding-party child killed in Afghanistan suicide attack

A suicide bomber targeting a Nato convoy in northern Afghanistan hit a passing bus full of wedding party guests today, killing a child and injuring 28 others, police said.

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Petraeus takes command of US forces in Afghanistan

Petraeus takes command of US forces in Afghanistan

General David Petraeus landed in the Afghan capital today to take command of US and international forces fighting the nearly nine-year-old war, Nato said.

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Troops target Taliban stronghold

Troops target Taliban stronghold

Squads of US Marines and Afghan soldiers slowly pressed deeper into the Taliban stronghold of Marjah today, painstakingly clearing out booby-trapped houses one by one.

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Two Nato troops and British soldier killed in Operation Moshtarak

Two Nato troops and a British soldier have been killed during the ongoing anti-Taliban offensive in Afghanistan.

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Rival's exit hands Karzai second term

Afghanistan’s President Hamid Karzai was effectively handed a second five-year term when his only challenger dropped out of the race and the US said it was prepared to work with the man it had previously criticised to combat corruption and confront the Taliban.

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Gates pressures Nato allies over Afghanistan

US defence secretary Robert Gates is expected to crank up pressure on European allies who refuse to send troops to the front line against the resurgent Taliban in southern Afghanistan.

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Afghan leader asks peacekeepers to help find killers

Afghan leader Hamid Karzai today called on international peacekeepers to help track down the killers of a vice president murdered in the heart of the capital.

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Allies may hunt down vice president’s killers

President Hamid Karzai may turn to foreign experts for help if Afghan investigators cannot track down the killers of the country’s vice president and key Pashtun leader.

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Country in shock following assassination

Two gunmen firing assault rifles assassinated Afghan vice president Abdul Qadir as he was being driven from a government ministry in the capital, Kabul, today.

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Afghan minister confirms killing

Afghan vice president Abdul Qadir was assassinated today, the interior minister said.

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Reports: Afghan president assassinated

The Afghan vice-president has been assassinated outside his offices in Kabul, according to reports.

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