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Slain U.S. diplomat Anne Smedinghoff is honored at embassy in Kabul
Slain U.S. diplomat Anne Smedinghoff is honored at embassy in Kabul

KABUL, Afghanistan — One year after a 25-year-old diplomat from the Chicago area was killed in a car bombing in southern Afghanistan, the U.S. Embassy in Kabul remembered Anne Smedinghoff on Monday by reading poetry and releasing balloons in a courtyard that was named for her. “She was a truly remarkable young woman and friend,” U.S. Ambassador James B. Cunningham said in a solemn ceremony on a sun-splashed afternoon in Kabul. The River Forest, Ill., native is the only State Department diplomat to die in the 13-year war in Afghanistan. On April 6, 2013, she was in Qalat, the tiny capital of Zabol province, on a mission to donate books to a boys’ high school, when a car bomb exploded as...

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