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The Taliban is continuing with attacks that threaten at least two provincial capitals following the drawdown of international forces in Afghanistan that began on May 1. Local officials on Monday reported heavy clashes between Afghan forces and the militants in the capitals of at least three provinces. In Helmand province, councilor Ataullah Afghan told dpa that Taliban fighters have overrun 10 ...

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By virtue of missing an agreed Saturday deadline for leaving Afghanistan, international forces that are there and working on being gone in a few months have "opened the way" for the Taliban to retaliate against them, the militants say. The formal withdrawal of U.S. and NATO forces began on Saturday and is due to be completed by Sept. 11, although military equipment had already started leaving ...