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U.S. Envoy to Kabul Warns of Divisions in Government

The U.S. ambassador to Kabul warned on Tuesday of tension between Afghan President Hamid Karzai and ethnic minority factions in his government who say they will challenge the frontrunner in October elections. He referred to “hurt feelings,” “injured pride” and a “decrease in trust” among members of the Northern Alliance movement, possibly caused by Karzai’s decision to exclude key alliance figures from his list of running mates. Any tensions would underline the on-again off-again rivalry between Karzai, his U.S. backers and reformers from his largest Pashtun ethnic group on the one hand and minority Tajik, Uzbek and Hazara leaders who oppose many of his policies on the other.Full Story

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