Afghanistan does not have a World Cup soccer team of its own, but many countries in the coalition do. And they're preparing to cheer on their home countries in the tournament from Afghanistan, as CNN correspondent Atia Abawi reports. Meanwhile, some British troops in Afghanistan send out a special message to England's team. FULL POST
An explosion in southern Afghanistan killed nine civilians and wounded eight others Friday, officials said. The victims were traveling in a mini bus on the Kandahar-Herat highway when the vehicle was struck by a road mine, said Kandahar governor's spokesman Zalmai Ayoubi. The victims comprised of four women, three children and two men, Ayoubi said.