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Aid Agencies Cut Presence In Southern Afghanistan

The shooting death of a 29-year-old French woman working for the U.N. refugee agency has prompted aid groups to dramatically scale back their work in southeastern Afghanistan, which has been the focus of increasing attacks by resurgent Islamic guerrillas. At the same time, Bettina Goislard’s brazen slaying Sunday by two gunmen on a motorcycle, who opened fire on her U.N. vehicle in the busy center of the provincial capital of Ghazni, has unleashed an outpouring of anger from residents and has evoked calls for the eye-for-an-eye justice that characterized the country’s lawless past. On Tuesday, U.N. officials here announced they were suspending all assistance to refugees returning from Pakistan, as well as withdrawing all their foreign workers from the southeastern region that borders Pakistan and halting all road travel there. Meanwhile, a group of private foreign aid agencies said they may withdraw from that region entirely. Full Story

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