Two Afghan lawmakers -- one of them a former Taliban member -- and several influential elders have joined negotiations with the hard-line militia to step up pressure for the release of 22 South Korean hostages, an official said on Saturday. The Taliban has demanded the release of insurgent prisoners in exchange for the hostages.
Nato rescue workers and hundreds of police were trying to reach the wreckage of an Afghan airliner on Sunday, three days after it collided with a snow-covered mountain in an accident that is believed to have killed all 104 people on board. Nato helicopters spotted the tail and other debris from the Boeing 737-200 on Saturday.
The United States government warned its citizens to keep a low profile on Monday after a car bomb hit a private US security firm in the Afghan capital, killing at least seven people, including two Americans. The Taliban claimed responsibility for Sunday's attack on the office of Dyncorp, which provides bodyguards for Afghan President Hamid Karzai and works for the American government in Iraq.