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Afghan Clashes Trigger Fears of Bloody Fighting Season

Afghanistan’s army chief has cited “issues in leadership” and “few aircraft” for heavy casualties his forces suffered in recent clashes with Taliban insurgents, particularly in a northeastern region bordering Pakistan.   Chief of Army Staff General Sher Mohammad Karimi made the statement in Kabul while briefing a parliamentary committee on internal security.   The special meeting was called to discuss Friday’s deadly Taliban assault against several security posts in Badakhshan...

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