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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…

Ghost villages left as 36,000 Afghans flee war

KHAKAI, Afghanistan — There is no-one drinking tea or tending animals outside their homes in Khakai, one of the ghost villages of southern Afghanistan — just lots of collapsed mud walls and an eerie quiet. “It’s totally empty,” said Bryan Baker, a medic accompanying a US-Afghan military patrol searching for…