A bombing in front of a government building has raised more questions about the chances of peace in Afghanistan and the role of the Taliban in the country's future.
As US and Australian troops prepare to draw down in Afghanistan, the prospects for a country ravaged by more than three decades of war are growing desperate.
Today, suicide bombers killed at least nine people and injured more than 20 in the western city of Herat. Atrocities like this have fuelled an exodus of refugees. 21 boats have washed up in Australia so far this year, carrying more than 1,500 asylum seekers, many of them Afghans.
This afternoon a stand-off involving one boast in the Indonesian port of Merak ended when passengers left the vessel begging Australia to give them refuge.
In Afghanistan, peace talks with the Taliban have been suspended since last month as the turban warriors claim they're ready to retake power after foreign forces leave.
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