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New Afghan Policy

Taliban strikes on Afghan bases a ‘show of strength’ against Trump

KABUL: A spate of deadly Taliban attacks targeting Afghan forces this week was a show of strength against Donald Trump’s new strategy, and signalled a push to strike security bases rather than cities, analysts said. In three of the four ambushes since Tuesday, militants used bomb-laden Humvees to blast their way into targets, seeking to demoralise war-weary security forces, and steal weapons and vehicles to fuel their insurgency. It marks a change in focus from recent years when the Taliban fought to control and hold…