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NATO Troop Extension Comes at Perilous Time for Afghanistan

The Taliban has denounced NATO’s decision to extend its mission in Afghanistan by keeping 12,000 troops through 2016 and continuing military financial assistance to the Kabul government through 2020. In a statement issued Wednesday, the Islamist insurgency reiterated its resolve to continue the Taliban-led “jihad” against what it calls the country’s “occupation” until the last foreign soldier leaves Afghanistan. “The Islamic Emirate (the Taliban) strongly condemns the NATO...

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