May 13, 2010 4:55 PM

Murders rattle Kandahar, thwart drive to restore government

The assassins arrived by motorcycle early in the morning, took aim at the tribal elder and shot him in the head. It was just one in a series of assassinations that have rattled nerves and hampered U.S.-backed efforts to install a functional government and improve the lot of the people in southern Afghanistan's largest city.

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