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An Afghan villager shows an empty canister allegedly used during Sunday's shootings to the delegation

Taliban attack Karzai delegation at scene of US shooting massacre

Afghan officials come under fire as they distribute money to families of the bereaved

Afghan villagers prepare to remove the victims of Sunday's shooting

Taliban fire on Afghan officials at attack site 

Taliban insurgents opened fire on senior officials, including two brothers of Afghan President Hamid Karzai, as they were leaving a memorial service at a village mosque for 16 villagers killed by a US soldier.

A policeman searches a man at a checkpoint in Kandahar yesterday

Witness tells of rogue soldier's killing spree as Afghan tensions rise

US soldier is believed to have suffered traumatic brain injury and had problems at home

Afghan civilian deaths spark calls for US exit

The massacre of 16 villagers by a US soldier has triggered angry calls for an immediate American exit from Afghanistan as Washington tries to negotiate a long-term presence to keep the country from sliding into chaos again.

One of the victims of the US soldier’s gun rampage

Afghans vow vengeance for soldier's killing spree

Nine children among 16 dead after US serviceman attacks villagers

Kim Sengupta: Afghan killings are a boost for the insurgents – and for Karzai

The recent deaths in Afghanistan have been used for the expediencies of realpolitik

The bloodiest day: blast kills six British soldiers as toll passes 400

Deaths in Afghanistan raise questions over safety of Warrior armoured vehicles

US soldiers charged over comrade who 'shot himself'

Eight US soldiers were yesterday charged in relation to the death of a fellow GI who authorities say apparently shot himself in Afghanistan after being assaulted and taunted with racial insults by his comrades.

Storm disrupts David Cameron's Afghanistan plans

David Cameron flew into Afghanistan today to pay a pre-Christmas visit to troops - but his plans were left in tatters by bad weather.

Kim Sengupta: Attacks on Shias mark troubling new chapter

It was not, perhaps, entirely surprising that insurgents would want to demonstrate the scope and reach of their power by carrying out lethal strikes the day after the international great and the good were meeting in Bonn to chart Afghanistan's future.

Four killed in Afghanistan blast

A car bomb has exploded outside a bank in a major southern Afghanistan city, killing four people, officials said.

Bomb kills 11 at police HQ in Afghanistan

A suicide bomber blew himself up today at the gate of the police headquarters in Lashkar Gah in southern Afghanistan, killing at least five security officers in a city where Afghans have recently taken control of security.

Afghanistan: 12 children killed in suicide-bomb attack

Suicide bombers killed at least 19 people, 12 of them children, in an attack yesterday on government buildings in southern Afghanistan, the latest blow to a fragile region that has been destabilised by a string of assassinations.

Turban bomb kills Kandahar mayor – and leaves Karzai bereft of allies

As Nato prepares to pull out, the Taliban is positioning itself to step into the vacuum
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