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Suicide, Roadside Bombs On Rise In Afghanistan

Aftermath of an earlier car bomb in Kandahar (epa) October 12, 2006 -- Afghan police say two bomb attacks in the southeastern province of Khost today injured at least 19 people.

In one attack, a suicide bomber ran up to a vehicle with Afghan soldiers and detonated his explosives. Two Afghan soldiers and 14 civilians were injured.

Separately, a car bomb targeted a U.S. patrol, wounding three civilians. Police say no U.S. troops were injured.

In Kandahar, police say two Taliban fighters on a motorcycle threw hand grenades into the compound of the Indian Consulate. No injuries were reported.

NATO says direct clashes with Taliban fighters have decreased since the end of a NATO offensive in southern Afghanistan last month. But suicide and roadside bomb attacks are on the rise -- along with attacks targeting local Afghan officials.

(AP, Reuters, AFP)

The Afghan Insurgency

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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