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Power struggle in Kandahar continues

A potentially explosive situation prevailed in southern Afghan city of Kandahar on Sunday with various factions of the Afghan opposition jostling to control the city, even as the United States intensified its search for the Taliban spiritual leader Mullah Mohammed Omar and Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.

US fighters continued to pound the snow-capped mountains of Tora Bora, 30 km from Jalalabad, where Osama bin Laden, with close to 1000 Al Qaeda fighters, is reportedly holed in.

Meanwhile, in the ground, reports said that the opposition Afghan militias are gearing up for an assault on the caves of Tora Bora in bid to flush out Osama and his fighters.

Amidst the power struggle in Kandahar between the various Afghan factions, Afghanistan prime minister-designate Hamid Karzai arrived in the southern city to hammer out an agreement between the principal opposing warlords, former Kandahar governor Gul Agha and former mujahideen commander Mullah Naqibullah.

Reports also said that Mullah Omar, along a few of his crack Taliban militiamen, had given the slip to the security cordon thrown around the city.

Karzai had brokered a deal late last week to ensure a hand over of the Taliban's headquarters to Naqibullah, but the agreement has angered Agha who has since occupied his former official residence in the city.

"Hamid arrived this morning (Sunday). He is hoping to form a shura for the province after the warring groups agree to settle their differences," a Karzai family source was quoted as saying by an agency report.

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