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Official Killed as Strife Grows in Afghanistan

Afghanistan’s minister for civil aviation, the son of one of the country’s most powerful warlords, was killed Sunday as fighting broke out in Herat. The violence was some of the worst in Afghanistan since the fall of the Taliban more than two years ago. While accounts were conflicting over what set off the fighting, officials in Herat in western Afghanistan said it began after a failed assassination attempt against the warlord Ismail Khan, who is also the provincial governor. Mr. Khan’s son, Mir Wais Sadeq, the minister of civil aviation for the central government, was killed as he led an advance on the headquarters of a government commander whom he blamed for the assault on his father, said Herat’s deputy intelligence chief, Abdul Wahid Tawakali. Full Story

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