By John Solomon
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The Taliban on Saturday announced the start of their spring offensive, signaling plans to step up attacks as the weather warms across Afghanistan, making both travel and fighting easier.
A Taliban suicide bomber posing as a messenger of peace blew himself up near Afghanistan's newly appointed intelligence chief on Thursday, seriously wounding him, officials said.
Last year, Khalid was a 19-year-old Syrian university student whose modest dreams were to land a job and earn enough to marry his girlfriend - not simple tasks, given Syria's weak economy and his lack of connections to the ruling elite.
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The intelligence chief used the house for private meetings that he preferred not to hold at his agency's official compound, he added.
He has said he first eluded an assassin in 2006, and bombers targeted him 3 times since, before Thursday's attack.