1. Dominoes

    Karzai Adviser Gunned Down

    Afghan President HAmid Karzai attends the last memorial service of his brother Ahmad Wali Karzai in Dand district of Kandahar province on July 13, 2011. A weeping Afghan President Hamid Karzai led thousands of mourners in burying his brother, who was assassinated by his own head of security in the southern city of Kandahar. Ahmed Wali Karzai was for years dogged by allegations of links to the drugs trade and corruption, but his death is a huge blow for NATO and the government, who made him the key powerbroker in the south and threatens to fan insecurity.

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    A top aide to Afghan President Hamid Karzai was killed in his home by two gunmen on Sunday. Jan Mohammed Khan was governor of the Oruzgan province until his removal in 2006 over allegations of his connection to drug rings. Mohammed Hasham Watanwal, a member of the same province's Parliament, was also killed. The deaths come days after the president's influential half-brother, Ahmed Wali Karzai, was assassinated. The Taliban has taken responsibility for all the killings, increasing fears over the militants' intentions to disrupt recent security gains in the violent south. Zabiullah Mujahid, a spokesman for the group, told Reuters that Khan was killed for "[helping] the Americans and committing atrocities against the Afghan people.”

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