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Taliban claims to have brought peace are wearing thin

Afghanistan risks falling back into civil war as armed opposition grows

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A Taliban fighter stands guard at the site of an explosion in Kabul on July 29: The group's Islamic Emirate has still not put Afghanistan on a path of peace and development.   © AP

Salman Rafi Sheikh is a researcher with the School of Oriental and African Studies of the University of London and the author of "The Genesis of Baloch Nationalism: Politics and Ethnicity in Pakistan, 1947-1977."

The end of the U.S.-led war in Afghanistan has undoubtedly seen a plunge in the level of violence, death and destruction that the country's citizens suffered for decades, with estimates of the average annual toll during the conflict ranging from 20,000 to 40,000.

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