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U.S. Braced for More Attacks Ahead of Afghan Vote

U.S. forces are braced for more attacks by Taliban and al Qaeda fighters as Afghanistan heads for its first ever direct elections in September, the commander of U.S. troops in the country said Tuesday. Attacks on foreign and Afghan troops have accelerated as members of the ousted Taliban and their allies seek to disrupt a vote they dismiss as a “drama” designed to legitimize the U.S.-backed government in Kabul. “We should be absolutely clear-eyed about the terrorists’ aims,” Lieutenant-General David Barno said. “As the September elections approach, we can expect to see additional attempts by remnants of the Taliban and al Qaeda to disrupt and undermine Afghanistan’s democratic process,” he told a news briefing in Kabul. Full Story

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