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Afghan vice-president escapes unhurt after Taliban ambush convoy

KABUL: Afghan Vice-President Abdul Rashim Dostum escaped unhurt from an ambush by Taliban insurgents as his convoy returned from overseeing fighting at a northern battlefield, Afghan officials said on Monday. In their effort to topple the Western-backed government in Kabul, Taliban fighters have battled their way into the outskirts of Lashkar Gah, the capital of the southern province of Helmand, in recent weeks. Sunday's ambush took place during a frontline visit to Faryab province by Dostum, who has recently been spending…