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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.

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.

Ahmed Wali Karzai: Hamid Karzai's half-brother and principal power

Although he was dogged by allegations of corruption, Ahmed Wali Karzai, the younger half-brother of Afghanistan's president, Hamid, and head of the Kandahar Provincial Council, was the undisputed power broker in the southern region, the homeland of the Taliban and the focus of recent US-led campaigns to turn the tide against the insurgents. Karzai was shot dead by his long-time friend and head of security, Mohammed Sadar, who was himself killed by security forces.

Taliban: A law unto themselves

The West likes to think of the Taliban as brainwashed fanatics, but their wit and guile in combat – and beyond – is not to be dismissed. And an audacious prison break has proved this beyond doubt, argues Patrick Cockburn

Forces search for barefoot suspects after prison break

Nato and Afghan security forces trying desperately to round up at least 475 escaped Taliban prisoners who broke out of a Kandahar jail were forced to resort to the most primitive detection methods yesterday: searching for suspects with bare feet.

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