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Afghanistan Speeds Up Purge of Officials After Bomb Attack

After more than 50 people were killed in clashes and a bomb attack on Wednesday, the central government speeded up a sweeping purge of provincial officials today, firing three governors and six security chiefs in the regions hardest hit by an intensifying pro-Taliban insurgency. In a decree issued Wednesday night, President Hamid Karzai replaced the governors of Kandahar, Zabul and Wardak Provinces in southern and eastern Afghanistan and replaced them with central government loyalists seen as more effective managers, Afghan officials said. The security chiefs in six provinces in southern and eastern Afghanistan — Kandahar, Kunar, Paktia, Khost, Tahar and Logar — have also been replaced, the interior minister, Ali Ahmad Jalali, announced today. Full Story

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