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Afghanistan turmoil

As Taliban gain ground, fears of Afghanistan civil war grow

Attacks on major cities show a shift in insurgency strategy

Afghan security personnel take a position during fighting between Taliban and Afghan security forces in Herat Province, west of Kabul, on Aug. 3.   © AP

NEW YORK -- As the prospect of a Taliban takeover in Afghanistan's south looms, with three provincial capitals under attack by the insurgents, the escalating violence spurred by the U.S. withdrawal is being felt across the war-torn country.

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