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Minorities worry that Mr. Karzai, a Pashtun, will make too many concessions to the Taliban to shore up his Pashtun base in crafting a peace deal to end the war. Assassinations of prominent northerners are likely to erode their already minimal appetite for a peace settlement.
Five leaders affiliated with the Northern Alliance, a coalition mostly composed of non-Pashtun minorities who have fought the Taliban since 1996, have been killed in a little more than a year.
Later Sunday, Mr. Karzai met with Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard, who made an unannounced trip to the country.
Ms. Gillard’s trip comes after an Afghan National Army soldier opened fire during a parade at a base in southern Kandahar province on Oct. 29, killing three Australian soldiers and wounding seven others. Australia has about 1,500 troops in Afghanistan. The attack brought Australia’s death toll from the conflict to 32.
Associated Press writers Tarek El-Tablawy and Deb Riechmann contributed to this article.
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