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Zakia Zaki's family mourning her death (AFP) June 11, 2007 (RFE/RL) -- U.S. First Lady Laura Bush has condemned the assassination of female Afghan journalist Zakia Zaki.

Zaki, director of the private Peace Radio, was killed by suspected Taliban gunmen on June 5 in Parwan Province, north of Kabul.

It was the second recent killing of a female Afghan journalist.

In a statement posted on her official website, Laura Bush said Zaki's murder was a reminder of the threat that terrorism poses to the rights to free speech, a free press, and to equal dignity for women.
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STRATEGIC PARTNERS: Since leading the military campaign to oust the fundamentalist and largely unrecognized Taliban regime from power in 2001, U.S. officials have pledged a long-term interest in Afghan stability.



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