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Karzai says he’s met with Afghan insurgent faction

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Jan 21, 4:16 PM EST


KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan President Hamid Karzaisaid Saturday that he personally held peace talks recently with the insurgent faction Hizb-i-Islami, appearing to assert his own role in a U.S.-led bid for negotiations to end the country’s decade-long war.

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Karzai made the announcement hours before he met with American special representative Marc Grossman to discuss progress and plans for bringing the Taliban insurgency into formal talks for the first time.

“Recently, we met with a delegation from Hizb-i-Islami … and had negotiations,” Karzai told a meeting of the Afghan parliament. “We are hopeful that these negotiations for peace continue and we will have good results,” he added.

Karzai’s statement was a reminder that any negotiations to end Afghanistan’s war will be more complex than just talking to the Taliban’s Pakistan-based leadership, headed by Mullah Mohammed Omar. The two other main insurgent factions in the country have their own leaders and agendas.

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Afghanistan arrests British citizens with 30 unregistered AK-47s

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Suicide Bomber Strikes Shi’ite Muslim Shrine In Kabul

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Published 6 December 2011A suicide bomber attacked a Shi’ite Muslim shrine in central Kabul on December 6, killing at least 30 people in what appeared to be a sectarian attack. The bombing took place as worshippers were observing the festival of Ashura.

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Possible honor killing in Canada: Three Muslim sisters murdered; parents and brother arrested

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July 23, 2009

Rona Amir Mohammed’s sister, Diba Masoomi, said: “We are convinced that this is a crime of honour.” We learn here that “the teenage girls dressed in modern fashion,” which may have been part of the problem.

Pamela has been following this strange and terrible story very closely, and has photos and much more information here.

“Family held in canal deaths,” by Andrew Chung for the Toronto Star, July 23 (thanks to all who sent this in):

MONTREAL–Police are investigating the death of three sisters found in their car at the bottom of the Rideau Canal in Kingston three weeks ago as a possible “honour” killing. Read the rest of this entry »