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Roadside bombs in Afghanistan kill seven, including two NATO troops

KABUL, Afghanistan — Roadside bombs killed seven people including two NATO troops in Afghanistan Sunday, and a suicide bomber blew up his vehicle near a military convoy, killing a child and wounding two others.

The Afghan government, meanwhile, named former President Burhanuddin Rabbani as chief of a new peace council tasked with talking to insurgent groups.

Daily violence continues unabated throughout much of Afghanistan. The focus of the U.S.-led war — which entered its 10th year last week — has been on the south, but coalition troops are increasingly fighting resilient militants in the east, west and north.

Five members of a family died in a roadside bombing in eastern Paktia province. Two NATO service members were killed in a blast on a highway in southern Afghanistan, NATO said without giving their nationalities or a specific location. On Saturday, four Italian troops died in a roadside blast in western Farah province.

Sunday's deaths brought to 26 the number of NATO forces killed this month. At least 2,014 NATO service members have died since the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan on Oct. 7, 2001, according to an Associated Press count.

In other news Sunday

• Trucks bearing NATO supplies began flowing again across a critical border crossing into Afghanistan, opened a day earlier than expected by Pakistan and ending a blockade that had raised tensions between Washington and a key ally. Pakistan had shut down the Torkham crossing along the Khyber Pass after a U.S. helicopter strike in the border area killed two Pakistani soldiers 11 days ago.

• The Sunni-backed political coalition that narrowly won the most votes in Iraq's parliamentary election appeared to be giving up its demand for the premiership, boosting the Shiite prime minister's drive to keep his job. The stunning turnabout is expected to inflame Iraq's minority Sunnis, whose crucial support helped the secular Iraqiya movement edge ahead of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's political coalition in the March 7 parliamentary election. U.S. diplomats worry that if the Sunnis feel sidelined by backroom dealmaking over the formation of a new government, it could spark unrest.

Roadside bombs in Afghanistan kill seven, including two NATO troops 10/10/10 [Last modified: Sunday, October 10, 2010 11:53pm]
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