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Afghan Governor Rejects Karzai Election

Dispute could spark fresh fighting in northern province

(Newser) - A powerful warlord-turned-governor's rejection of Hamid Karzai's election victory is raising fears that one of Afghanistan's most stable provinces could collapse into fighting. Atta Mohammed Noor—the only one of Afghanistan's 34 governors to have openly supported Karzai's rival, Abdullah Abdullah—has denounced Karzai as an "unlawful president."... More »

US Quashed Inquiry Into 2001 Afghan Mass Murder

(Newser) - The Bush administration stonewalled human rights organizations and branches of the US government that sought an investigation into the alleged mass murder of Taliban prisoners in Afghanistan in 2001, the New York Times reports. As many as 1,500 people may have died in the incident, under the command of... More »

'American Taliban' Pleads for Mercy

Seeks freedom after 7 years in prison

(Newser) - A young California man captured with the Taliban in 2001 is asking President Bush to commute the remaining 13 years of a 20-year prison sentence. John Walker Lindh, 27, joined the Taliban a month before the US-led invasion of Afghanistan following the 9/11 attacks. Lindh claims he was never a... More »

Karzai Defies Legislators' Call to Sack Minister

Afghanistan parliament headed for "collapse" over standoff, MPs say

(Newser) - Afghanistan's government is at the breaking point, as President Hamid Karzai continues to defy the legislature's wishes to remove the country's foreign minister. Four months into the standoff, the New York Times reports, the president's opponents have threatened either to boycott Parliament or quit government altogether. More »

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