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Afghanistan: Karzai Warns Of Increased Taliban Activity

Kabul, 13 November 2003 (RFE/RL) -- Afghan leader Hamid Karzai has warned of an increase in attacks by the Taliban, as today marks the second anniversary of the day the Islamist militia fled the capital Kabul. Yesterday, Transitional Administration Chairman Karzai said he expects what he called "the enemies of stability" to increase attacks as his government prepares to convene a Loya Jirga, or Grand Assembly, on 10 December to debate a draft constitution released earlier this month. The meeting should pave the way for presidential elections next year.

It was two years ago today that the Taliban fled Kabul in the face of U.S. air strikes and military advances on the ground by the anti-Taliban militia fighters of the Northern Alliance. The U.S. invasion followed the 11 September 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States, which Washington blames on Al-Qaeda.