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Five Killed In Southern Afghan Attacks --> (RFE/RL) HELMAND PROVINCE, Afghanistan; August 19, 2007 (RFE/RL) --  A suicide bomber blew himself up next to members of a private security firm providing protection for a road-construction company, RFERL's Radio Free Afghanistan reported.

Four Afghan guards were killed in the attack on August 18, and three others were wounded.

Meanwhile, a NATO soldier was killed today while escorting a convoy in southern Afghanistan.

A statement from the alliance did not disclose the soldier's nationality or the exact location of the incident.

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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RFE/RL's coverage of Afghanistan.


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