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Car Bomb Injures 5 NATO Soldiers In Southern Afghanistan --> U.S. soldiers at the site of a suicide car bomb in Kandahar (file photo) (epa) January 20, 2007 -- A car bomb exploded near a coalition force convoy in southern Afghanistan yesterday, wounding five soldiers.

A spokesman for NATO's International Security Assistance Force said suspected Taliban militants also opened fire on the convoy shortly after the attack in Oruzgan province yesterday.

The soldiers called in air support and ISAF helicopter gunships bombed the enemy position, but it was not clear whether the rebels had sustained any casualties.


The Afghan Insurgency

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):
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