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TOP AFGHAN PROSECUTOR DEFENDSHIS RECORD

Associated Press

KABUL, Afghanistan - Afghanistan's top prosecutor defended himself Tuesday against allegations that he's being pressured not to go after politically powerful figures accused of corruption - an issue that has undermined public trust in President Hamid Karzai's struggling government.

Mohammed Ishaq Aloko also accused U.S. Ambassador Karl Eikenberry of overstepping his diplomatic authority by suggesting that he step down as attorney general if he wasn't going to charge an Afghan banker in a corruption case.

"It is against all diplomatic ethics that the U.S. ambassador is telling me: 'If you don't put this person in prison, you must resign,'" Aloko told reporters, recounting a conversation he had with Eikenberry two weeks ago.

A spokesman for Eikenberry said the discussions with Aloko were private and did not comment on the conversation.

A story published Monday in the Washington Post alleged that top officials in the Karzai government were blocking corruption probes of political allies.

Drone strike: Suspected U.S. missiles hit a house Tuesday in a Pakistani tribal region along the Afghan border where the army has been battling Taliban fighters, intelligence officials said. At least 10 suspected militants were killed, including a possible al-Qaida operative.

Soldiers killed: Two U.S. soldiers were killed in fighting Sunday in Kunar province of eastern Afghanistan, the U.S. military announced Tuesday.

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