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Afghanistan turmoil

Taliban faces growing dissent as protests spread in Afghan cities

National flag hoisted in defiance of Islamist group

People carry the national flag at a protest held during the Afghan Independence Day in Kabul.   © Reuters

NEW DELHI (Financial Times) -- The Taliban was facing growing signs of dissent in several cities as Afghans carried the national flag in a second day of protests that led to reports of at least two deaths.

Protesters marched in Kabul and other cities on Thursday to celebrate Afghanistan's Independence Day, which commemorates the 1919 war that ended British control of the country.

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