War could mean more pressure on already sky-high oil prices.
Tensions are growing as NATO and a resurgent Russia divide over future of breakaway statelets.
Increased strikes are causing friction between the US and Pakistani government, which prefers to negotiate with the militants
Despite Russian and Serbian opposition, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon said Friday the UN would gradually cede its role.
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Militants took control of a strategic district outside Kandahar. Afghan and foreign troops flew to the city in response.