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Afghan President Hamid Karzai (center right) speaks to locals during a gathering in Kandahar on April 4. Karzai has expressed his desire to negotiate with the Taliban and other militants. But a conference on national reconciliation was postponed until the Afghan president confers next month with President Obama at the White House.
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Afghan protesters shout anti-American slogans during a protest in Kandahar, Afghanistan, on April 12 after international troops opened fire on a bus carrying Afghan civilians, killing at least five people.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai (center), surrounded by bodyguards, walks through Kandahar city, south of Kabul, earlier this month. The purpose of the president's visit was to consult with and seek the support of locals for an upcoming U.S. and NATO military campaign there to drive out the Taliban. But the operation is meeting resistance.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai arrives at Chaklala airbase in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, on Wednesday. Karzai is in Pakistan on a two-day visit for talks with Pakistani leaders after his government called for the extradition of a senior Taliban commander captured in Pakistan.
Pakistani soldiers leave a cave complex that housed a key militant headquarters in Damadola earlier this month. Pakistan's army said it had captured a key Taliban and al-Qaida complex dug into rocky mountains near the Afghan border after killing 75 local and foreign militants. A recent crackdown on Afghan Taliban leadership has disrupted the group's operations, analysts say.
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Iraqi supporters of former Prime Minister Ayad Allawi's Al-Iraqiya secular alliance campaign last week in the multi-ethnic Iraqi city of Kirkuk, about 160 miles north of Baghdad.
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