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Rumsfeld, in Kabul, sees role for NATO

Rumsfeld suggested that NATO troops should assume the responsibilities of the U.S.-led coalition in Afghanistan. Hours after Rumsfeld left, a rocket exploded near the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, underscoring the growing threat to the effort to stabilize the country in the face of extremists linked to the former Taliban regime. The rocket landed in a field about 400 yards from the embassy, causing no casualties or damage, an embassy spokesman said. It was the first such rocket attack in the embassy area in many months. There was no way of determining responsibility, but police officials blamed the Taliban. Most recent attacks attributed to the Taliban have been concentrated in the south and east of the country, and Rumsfeld’s brief visit coincided with growing concerns at rising violence against aid workers and government officials, as well as U.S. troops still hunting remnants of Al Qaeda. Full Story

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