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Afghan soldiers secure the area of the Kabul car bombing on September 4 (epa)
September 5, 2006 -- Intense fighting has been continuing in Afghanistan, with NATO-led forces pursuing their Operation Medusa offensive against Taliban militants in the south of the country.
One Canadian soldier was killed and several others were injured on September 4 when they were strafed by U.S. warplanes in what NATO described as a "friendly-fire" incident during a battle against Taliban fighters in Kandahar Province.
In the capital, Kabul, one British soldier and at least four Afghan civilians were killed in a suicide car-bomb attack on September 4.
(compiled from agency reports)
A U.S. military vehicle damaged by insurgents near Kandahar (epa)
HOMEGROWN OR IMPORTED? As attacks against Afghan and international forces continue relentlessly, RFE/RL hosted a briefing to discuss the nature of the Afghan insurgency. The discussion featured Marvin Weinbaum, professor emeritus of political science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and RFE/RL Afghanistan analyst Amin Tarzi.
Listen to the entire briefing (about 83 minutes):Real Audio Windows Media
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