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Heavy hand of America fans the Taliban embers into life

The new police chief of Khost, the Afghan town once synonymous with al-Qaida, always knew he had a tough job on his hands. But Abdul Saboor wrongly assumed that no one would try to kill him on his first day at work. Shortly before reviewing his force last month he found six rocket-propelled grenades pointing at the podium where he was about to sit. Two days later, while he was touring a nearby district, someone planted a mine under his car. It blew the vehicle five metres into the air. Astonishingly, he was unhurt. “The Americans told me afterwards, ‘You are a very lucky man’,” he said. “Several of my bodyguards were wounded. I am not afraid of these things.” Full Story

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