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Afghanistan turmoil

'Clearing operations' bring fresh wave of restrictions on Afghans

Security sweeps in Kabul cramp basic freedoms, particularly for women

Taliban soldiers wait outside a house in Kabul before starting their search of the premises on March 8. (Photo by Kanika Gupta)

KABUL -- The Taliban has launched "clearing operations" in Kabul and surrounding areas, fueling anxiety among citizens as they face even greater restrictions.

The interior ministry kicked off the security sweeps in late February. These have included house-to-house searches through the capital's residential areas and neighboring provinces, and caused panic and outrage among citizens who complain about the misconduct of security personnel.

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