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Afghans' Political Prognosis Is Still Hazy, U.N. Panel Says

Terrorism, drug-related crime and factional fighting threaten to reverse advances in the rebuilding of Afghanistan and jeopardize efforts to form a democratic government, the German ambassador here told the Security Council on Tuesday. His comments came several hours after a car bomb exploded outside the United Nations offices in Kandahar, in southern Afghanistan, injuring at least two people, officials said. The German ambassador, Gunter Pleuger, who led a Security Council mission to Afghanistan last week, said the delegates had seen how “the lack of security — some call it ‘the rule of the gun’ — affected the entire Afghan peace process.” The Taliban, Al Qaeda and forces loyal to a renegade commander, Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, pose a “significant threat” to the national security forces, Mr. Pleuger added. Full Story

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