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U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Ed Franco plays with local refugee children in Dar Ul Aman, Kabul, Afghanistan on April 8, 2007.

In the wake of Tuesday’s assassination of Ahmed Wali Karzai, the president’s half brother and the most powerful man in Kandahar, and Thursday's suicide bombing of a mosque where his service was being held, U.S. and Afghan forces in Kandahar City are on a heightened state of alert. Read more»