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U.S. admiral ‘alarmed’ by spike in Afghan violence

The United States’ top military officer insisted that security in Afghanistan had improved “dramatically” since last year but expressed “alarm” over the recent spike in violence. Admiral Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, also warned during an interview with the BBC that victory in Afghanistan could…

Suicide bomber kills Kandahar mayor

The mayor of Kandahar, the biggest city in southern Afghanistan and the birthplace of the Taliban movement, was killed in a suicide attack on Wednesday, police said. The death comes two weeks after the assassination of Ahmed Wali Karzai, the so-called “King of Kandahar”, who was a key strongman in…