13-Jul-11 World View — Afghan President's Brother Assassinated

This morning’s key headlines from GenerationalDynamics.com.

Assassination of Karzai’s brother creates Afghanistan power vacuum


Ahmad Wali Karzai
Ahmad Wali Karzai

The most powerful political figure in Afghanistan’s Kandahar province, Ahmad Wali Karzai, half-brother of Afghanistan’s President Hamid Karzai, was assassinated in his home on Tuesday, apparently by his own bodyguard. Kandahar is a hotbed of Taliban activity, and the assassination throwing into (further) question the American withdrawal strategy. VOA

UN Security Council condemns Syria for embassy attacks

“The members of the Security Council condemn in the strongest terms the attacks against embassies in Damascus, which have resulted in damage to embassy premises and injuries to diplomatic personnel. The members of the Security Council recall the fundamental principle of the inviolability of diplomatic missions and the obligations on host Governments, including under the 1961 Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, to take all appropriate steps to protect embassy premises. In this context, the members of the Security Council call on the Syrian authorities to protect diplomatic property and personnel.” United Nations

Syria’s U.N. Ambassador, Bashar Ja’afari, accused the United States and France on Tuesday of distorting and exaggerating facts about the embassy attacks. He said that Syria had sought to protect the embassies and that some demonstrators involved in Monday’s events had been arrested and would be brought to justice. Reuters

Turkey holds talks with Iran on Syrian unrest


Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu (L) talks to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu (L) talks to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

Turkey’s Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu met with Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in Tehran on Monday to discuss Syria. “Syria is a close friend of both Iran and Turkey, which has close relations with the two countries. It is important for us that there are no more civilian deaths and that the country starts work on reforms as soon as possible,” Davutoglu said. Zaman (Istanbul)

France calls for negotiations with Libya’s Gaddafi

Becoming increasingly impatient with the slow progress in the humanitarian kinetic military activity whose current object is to drive Muammar Gaddafi from power, France is initiating discussions with Gaddafi about ending the military action with Gaddafi still in power. If this position becomes official, then it would result in a major split within Nato. Telegraph

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