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Surge in Afghan violence result of ‘Al-Qaeda pressure on Taliban’

An upsurge in violence in Afghanistan over the past week was the result of pressure on the Taliban from Al-Qaeda and other supporters, a provincial governor said, citing Afghan intelligence. This included Al-Qaeda and other militants based in neighbouring Pakistan, said Asadullah Khalid, governor of Kandahar province, which has seen the bulk of the unrest. “Al-Qaeda and certain countries were pressuring the Taliban to capture some ground, particularly in Kandahar, to claim their active presence,” the governor said, citing Afghan intelligence presented to him. Full Story

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