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President Hamid Karzai Removes Afghan Intelligence Chief

MASSOUD HOSSAINI/AFP/Getty Images(KABUL, Afghanistan) -- There was another political shake-up in Afghanistan Wednesday, this one involving the removal of the government's head of the intelligence service.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai said that Rahmatullah Nabil's two-year term had come to its conclusion and that he would not be retained.

However, there's talk in Kabul that Karzai was anxious to replace Nabil, who he partially blames for the continued influence of the Taliban movement in Afghanistan.

Nabil's exit follows the recent firings of Interior Minister Bismillah Khan and Defense Minister Abdul Rahim Wardak, who were cited by parliament for security lapses and alleged corruption.

It's expected that Karzai will make his picks to fill all three vacant posts in short order.

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