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U.S. Prepared for Rise of Taliban Attacks in Spring

As the harsh Afghan winter nears an end, attacks by Taliban guerrillas are expected to rise, a U.S. military official said on Saturday, two days after more than 22 rebels and Afghan troops died in a fresh surge of violence. But the military said it had no plan to increase the number of the 18,000 U.S.-led forces in Afghanistan. “We can look at history and see that historically, attacks have increased as winter subsides,” Major Steve Wollman, a spokesman for the U.S. military, told a press briefing. “I think we can expect more attacks… coalition forces remain vigilant and prepared to deal with these threats.” About 1,100 people, including militants, civilians, aid workers, foreign and Afghan troops, have died over the past 18 months largely in south and southeastern Afghanistan, mostly in Taliban-linked violence. Full Story

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