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Al Jazeera English - Focus - 'US repeating Soviet mistakes'

Al Jazeera English - Focus - 'US repeating Soviet mistakes': "For the first time since the withdrawal of Soviet troops from Afghanistan in 1989, and the subsequent fall of the Najibullah government in 1996, Russia says it is ready to play a greater political and economic role in the country it formerly occupied.

It has co-operated with Nato and other western deployments, opening up transit routes for international forces and initiating bilateral co-operation with Kabul.

Andrey Avetisyan, the Russian ambassador to Afghanistan, says Moscow supports the continuing presence of international troops in Afghanistan. However he worries that the international community, especially the US, are committing the same mistakes made during the Soviet occupation.

Al Jazeera interviewed the Russian envoy at his country's new embassy in Kabul.

Al Jazeera: Russia has maintained a low-key presence in Afghanistan for the past few years. Is it preparing to change that approach and move toward a…

Al Jazeera English - Middle East - Palestinian man hit in car attack

Al Jazeera English - Middle East - Palestinian man hit in car attack: "News Middle East
Palestinian man hit in car attack

Violence erupted in the occupied West Bank on Wednesday when a Palestinian man entered a petrol station at the Jewish settlement of Kiryat Arba in the occupied West Bank and stabbed two settlers.

But that was not the end of the story. According to the Israeli army, the Palestinian was then shot by a soldier, after which a car, apparently driven by a settler, ran over the wounded Palestinian, twice, with Israeli soldiers all around.

Jacky Rowland reports.

*Viewers may find some of the images disturbing."