Monday, September 05, 2005

UN urges some staff to leave Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan --

The United Nations has encouraged some nonessential staff to leave Afghanistan amid security concerns ahead of the Sept. 18 elections, and the government warned aid workers yesterday that they are likely targets after a string of assaults on foreigners
The insurgents, meanwhile, launched a fresh spate of guerrilla-style strikes this weekend, sparking fierce battles that killed a district police chief, seven officers, an election candidate, and three others, officials said.

More than 1,100 people have been killed in the past six months, and US military commanders believe the violence may worsen as rebels step up attacks with legislative elections just two weeks away, the next key step toward democracy after a quarter-century of fighting

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