Sept. 20 - Burhanuddin Rabbani, the Afghan man tasked with negotiating an end to the war was killed in his home in Kabul. Deborah Gembara reports.
Emergency crews outside the home of Burhanuddin Rabbani in Kabul. The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack on the head of Afghanistan's peace council. The attack comes just a week after a 20-hour siege on the capital. It is also the highest profile killing since President Karzai's younger half-brother was killed. There are concerns Rabbani's killing will have a negative long-term impact on diplomatic efforts. The assassination didn't deter a scheduled meeting between Karzai and president Obama at the United Nations where Obama condemned the attack. SOUNDBITE: U.S. President Barack Obama saying: "He was a man who cared deeply about Afghanistan and had been a valued advisor to President Karzai. He made enormous contributions to rebuilding the country so it is a tragic loss and we wanted to extend our heartfelt condolences to you, his family and the people of Afghanistan." Both leaders vowed to go forward with efforts to find a peaceful end to the war. Deborah Gembara, Reuters.