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13 Killed In Afghan Violence

(RFE/RL) July 15, 2007 -- Eight Afghan security guards died today when a roadside bomb struck their vehicle in the eastern province of Paktika, while a rocket fired from Pakistan into Paktika's Bermel region killed two civilians.

In southern Helmand Province, three Taliban fighters were killed and five Afghan soldiers wounded during a battle in the district of Gereshk.

The Afghan Defense Ministry today announced that 30 fighters aligned with Hizb-e Islami, a faction led by former Afghan Prime Minister Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, have laid down their weapons and agreed to cooperate with the government.


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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