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IWPR Editorial Comment

Killing of top negotiator could be sign of worse conflict to come once international troops leave.
Killing of president's brother and Kabul hotel attack are weather vanes pointing to a dark future for Afghanistan.
American soldiers at an outpost in the southern Zabul province. (Photo: Staff Sergeant Adam Mancini/US Army)
With the death of Osama bin Laden in early May and growing concerns among Americans about a faltering economy and growing national debt, there is a growing clamour for a rapid withdrawal of United States troops from Afghanistan.
But it would be wrong for Mazar killings and other deadly protests to fuel calls for an international withdrawal from Afghanistan.
Female participation in recent election reached all-time high, but hard-won gains could easily be reversed.