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Blast Near U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan

A rocket exploded in a field near the U.S. Embassy in Kabul on Thursday about two hours after Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld met with Afghanistan’s leader in another part of the capital. A U.S. military official said Rumsfeld had safely left the country to continue his tour of Central Asia. No one was injured in the explosion, which one official blamed on fighters from Afghanistan’s ousted Taliban rulers or their ally, renegade warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar. It was not immediately known whether he was still in Afghanistan when the blast occurred. The attack underlined the country’s fragile security situation ahead of a key Afghan gathering, or loya jirga, next week to approve a constitution and the national elections slated for June, the first since U.S.-led forces drove the Taliban from power. Full Story

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