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Head of Afghan peace council killed

Tuesday, September 20, 2011 - 01:19

Sept. 20 - Burhanuddin Rabbani, the Afghan man tasked with negotiating an end to the war was killed in his home in Kabul. Deborah Gembara reports.

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Emergency crews outside the home of Burhanuddin Rabbani in Kabul. The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack on the head of Afghanistan's peace council. The attack comes just a week after a 20-hour siege on the capital. It is also the highest profile killing since President Karzai's younger half-brother was killed. There are concerns Rabbani's killing will have a negative long-term impact on diplomatic efforts. The assassination didn't deter a scheduled meeting between Karzai and president Obama at the United Nations where Obama condemned the attack. SOUNDBITE: U.S. President Barack Obama saying: "He was a man who cared deeply about Afghanistan and had been a valued advisor to President Karzai. He made enormous contributions to rebuilding the country so it is a tragic loss and we wanted to extend our heartfelt condolences to you, his family and the people of Afghanistan." Both leaders vowed to go forward with efforts to find a peaceful end to the war. Deborah Gembara, Reuters.

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Head of Afghan peace council killed

Tuesday, September 20, 2011 - 01:19