Afghan official says security up ahead of holiday (AP) – 465th Edition

Students hold placards as they shout slogans to condemn a U.S. drone attack, in the North Waziristan tribal region, during a protest in Peshawar March 19, 2011. Pakistan told the United States on Friday it would not attend a meeting on Afghanistan later this month, angered by a U.S. missile strike that killed 41 people and drew rare condemnation from the country's powerful military chief. REUTERS/Fayaz Aziz (PAKISTAN - Tags: CIVIL UNREST POLITICS CRIME LAW)AP – Police and military forces were on high alert Saturday to prevent attacks targeting next week’s celebration of the Afghan new year, when President Hamid Karzai is to announce a plan for the gradual handover of security duties from NATO to local forces, the Interior Ministry said.

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