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August 3, 2009
Bombings rock Afghanistan ahead of national elections

In western Afghanistan on Monday, a deadly bombing aimed at a district police chief left at least 10 people dead and some 30 injured.

The remote-controlled bomb went off on a crowded street near a fruit market in Herat and apparently targeted the police chief as he drove into town.

This month has also gotten off to deadly start for American and NATO forces in Afghanistan, with a total of nine killed over the weekend. Afghanistan’s elections are less then three weeks away and the number of foreign troops in the country is increasing steadily.

Karin von Hippel, a senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, joins Martin Savidge to discuss the casualty rate in Afghanistan, the upcoming elections and the status of the massive offensive that was launched in the south.

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