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Afghanistan's First Vice President Dies

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FILE - In this Sept. 22, 2011 file photo, Afghanistan’s Vice President Field Marshal Mohammed Qasim attends a press conference honoring former Afghan President Burhanuddin Rabbani in Kabul, Afghanistan.
An Afghan government spokesman says one of the country's two vice presidents, Field Marshal Mohammad Qasim Fahim, has died at the age of 57.

The official said Fahim died of natural causes on Sunday. He added that three days of national mourning would be held.

Fahim was once a powerful warlord and had been a leading commander in the Northern Alliance, which fought the Taliban.