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Blasts shatter Kabul calm

The sight of NATO peacekeepers making their daily patrols through the crowded city streets had always made taxi driver Shah Mahmood feel safe. That was until two suicide bombers attacked two of the patrols on consecutive days last week, killing two peacekeepers. Since then, whenever he encounters a patrol, he feels a jolt of fear and abruptly changes course. “All my passengers are also scared,” Mahmood said. “When they see foreigners, they shout at me, `Pull over, turn left, turn right, turn around.’ Anything to get away.” The bombings have raised jitters throughout Kabul, which had until recently been considered one of the most tranquil places in Afghanistan–largely because of the stabilizing influence of the 5,900-member NATO-led International Security Assistance Force. Full Story

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