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US, NATO Ceremonially End Afghan Combat Mission

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Aleteia - published on 12/08/14 - updated on 06/08/17

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid told the AP that the group would continue to fight "until all foreign troops have left Afghanistan."

"The Americans want to extend their mission in Afghanistan, the motive being to keep the war going for as long as possible," Mujahid said. "And for as long as they do, the Taliban will continue their fight against the foreign and (Afghan) government forces."

A sudden uptick in attacks reflects a splintering of the insurgent group to marginalize leaders who had favored peace talks, said Muzhdah, the Afghan political analyst. In recent weeks, the insurgency has hit foreign targets including military, diplomatic and civilian installations. Four foreigners, including a British Embassy security guard and a South African charity worker and his two teenage children, have been killed in Kabul.

Afghan officials, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss own their intelligence analysis, say they believe Taliban attacks will only increase in December and January as the militants react to Ghani’s embrace of a continued foreign military presence. They also blamed Pakistan’s intelligence agencies for the upsurge in violence, even though relations between the two countries have thawed in recent months since Ghani’s election.

Violence continued Monday in the country, as insurgents launched an assault on a police station in southern Kandahar province in the Taliban heartland. Five attackers died in the assault on the police headquarters in Maiwand district, including one who blew himself up during the attack, said Samim Akhplwak, the spokesman for the provincial governor. The attack killed one police officer and four civilians, while wounding seven people.

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