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Bush Offers Condolences Following Afghan Minister's Assassination

President Bush says the United States is "more resolved than ever" to bring stability to Afghanistan following the assassination of a vice president in the transitional government there.

President Bush is offering to help in the investigation into the assassination of Afghan Vice President Haji Abdul Qadir.

"The Afghan government is in the process of investigating who might have done this. We are more resolved than ever to bring stability to the country, so that the Afghan people can have peace and hope," Mr. Bush said.

The president said the assassins could be terrorists, or drug lords, or political rivals. All we know, he said, is that "a good man is dead and we mourn his loss." Mr. Bush called Mr. Qadir a man who desired freedom and stability for a country he loved.

He was an ethnic Pashtun appointed as a vice president to President Hamid Karzai and also served as public works minister. Mr. Qadir was shot dead Saturday as his car left his office compound in the capital, Kabul. Police say the gunmen's identities and motives are not yet known.