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Blast at Afghan government office kills two
by reposted
Monday Jul 17th, 2006 4:27 AM
LASHKAR GAR, Afghanistan (Reuters) - A blast destroyed an Afghan government office in the southern province of Helmand on Monday killing at least two people, a witness said.

In a separate incident, U.S.-led forces said they had killed four suspected al Qaeda fighters during a raid in Khost province, once a stronghold of Osama bin Laden.

Police said the cause of Monday's blast opposite the police headquarters in Lashkar Gah, capital of Helmand province, was not clear.

Two bodies were taken away and bystanders said they thought more people were under the rubble of the building that included a justice department office.

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by reposted
Monday Jul 17th, 2006 4:28 AM
SINGAPORE (Reuters) - NATO and Afghan forces will be able to break the back of Taliban resistance in southern Afghanistan before the end of this year, the country's defense minister said in an interview published on Monday.

General Rahim Abdul Rahim Wardak told the Financial Times in Kabul Afghan intelligence had learned that the Taliban's command and control structure was fragmenting due to heavy losses and many mid-ranking commanders were fleeing to safety in Pakistan.

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http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/07/16/AR2006071600813.html