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Taliban step up attacks on Afghan forces since signing U.S. deal - data DMT.NEWS

By Hamid Shalizi, Abdul Qadir Sediqi and Rupam Jain KABUL/MUMBAI (Reuters) - The Taliban have mounted more than 4,500 attacks in Afghanistan, marking a sharp escalation in violence, in the 45 days since signing a deal with the United States that paves the way for a U.S. troop drawdown, according to data seen by Reuters. Two sets of data, one from a Western military source and one from an independent body, both show attacks by the hardline Islamist group up by more than 70 percent between March 1 and April 15 compared to the same period a year ago. Separately, Afghan government data indicates that more than 900 Afghan local and national forces were killed during that same period, up from...

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