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Bringing dread to Kandahar

In Kandahar, the Taliban's most powerful weapon has become the calculated assassination. The tools of this murder campaign are rudimentary -- ropes, knives, old rifles -- but the results have been devastating. The slayings take aim at the goal of the U.S. military's planned summer offensive in Kandahar: to build a credible local government that responds to the needs of the people.

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