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Roadside bomb kills 15 civilians in Afghanistan
"A roadside bomb planted by the Taliban killed 15 civilians in remote southern Afghanistan and a shootout with NATO forces killed seven people in the east today, as Afghanistan saw a wave of violence, authorities said
In Paktia on Saturday, about 500 people gathered and shouted "Death to Americans!" amid local reports that a NATO operation killed seven members of a private security company.
NATO said it was investigating the shootout, which occurred after coalition forces detained a suspected insurgent and tried to clear the area. NATO forces then shot a man who approached them armed with an assault rifle.
"Multiple other armed individuals then engaged the force, which resulted in a total of seven individuals killed," NATO said in a statement. "The security force takes civilian casualty allegations seriously and is currently accessing who the individuals were, why they were armed and why they were in that area at that time of the morning."
"The latest string of attacks comes near the end of the deadliest year since the 2001 overthrow of the Taliban, with the escalating insurgency costing the lives of a record number of both ordinary Afghans and foreign troops"
Obama said on a visit to Afghanistan last week that troops are making "important progress" and Defense Secretary Robert Gates said in Kabul soon after that he was convinced the war was on the right track.
"Meanwhile, Richard Holbrooke, the Obama administration's special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan, has been hospitalized for tests"
U.S. State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley said Friday. He did not disclose further details."
Violence Flares Anew in Southern Afghanistan
"KABUL, Afghanistan — Violence has flared in southern Afghanistan, disrupting a long period of relative quiet brought about by the arrival of large numbers of American troops.
In the Sangin District of Helmand Province, United States Marines who took over from British troops there are finding it hard going, with a heavier casualty rate in their first 90 days than the British suffered in more than three years there.
Since taking over from British troops on Sept. 20, American forces, mostly Marines, have suffered 42 fatalities in Helmand Province, according to icasualties.org, an independent Web site that compiles battlefield data.
Noor Mohammed, the leader of the shura, or council, in the Zhare District, was killed as he headed home from a mosque, according to the district’s governor, Niaz Muhammad Sarhadi. On Wednesday, gunmen also killed Muhammed Anwar, the finance officer for the narcotics department of the Kandahar provincial police force. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.
Maj. Gen. Muhammad Salim Ahsas, a Kandahar police official, confirmed the assassinations. “They do weigh on people’s minds,” he said. “We are in a battlefield and are doing our best to minimize risks to officials.” He cited a case a few days earlier in which two attackers who tried to assassinate police officers were killed by the authorities before they could do any harm. “We are after the enemies; they are on the run,” he said.
Others were less optimistic. “Noor Mohammed was a good friend of mine,” said another member of the Zhare shura, who asked not to be named because he feared for his safety. “I am so worried now I can’t even sleep from fear,” he said."
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