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What's behind the wave of assassinations in Afghanistan(VIDEO)

Jan Mohammed Khan, a powerful ally of President Hamid Karzai, is the latest casualty in a string of assassinations that undermine NATO’s claims that the situation is improving.

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Since March, insurgents have also assassinated Gen. Abdul Rahman Sayedkhili, police chief of Kunduz province, Gen. Mohammad Daud Daud, police chief for Northern Afghanistan, and Gen. Khan Mohammad Mujahid, police chief for Kandahar Province.

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Though it’s unclear if the Taliban are responsible for all of these killings, especially Ahmad Wali’s, the Islamist organization says political assassinations are a major part of their campaign this spring and summer.

“These kinds of operations will continue and many more people will be targeted,” says Zabiullah Mujahid, Taliban spokesman. “Each year our operations have a special focus, and this year the focus of our ‘Badar’ operations are to assassinate people who say they are popular, but the people actually do not like them.”

Throughout Afghanistan the killings are causing much frustration. Afghans have long blamed Pakistan for providing a haven for those who conduct attacks inside their country. The complaint was given even more traction after US Navy SEALs killed Osama bin Laden in Pakistan in May.

There is mounting pressure for the Afghan government to find a way to stop militants from entering the country or address the problem another way.

“Unfortunately the Afghan government was not able to secure its nation and its borders and I think it’s better for Karzai to resign and make way for a president who can tackle this problem,” says Gul Pacha Majeedi, a member of parliament from Paktya province.


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