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Foreign troop pullout stokes fear of Afghan instability affecting South Asia

The US has set a formal deadline of Sept 11 for the pullout of all its troops and Nato should follow suit. PHOTO: EPA-EFE
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NEW DELHI - United States President Joe Biden's announcement of an American troop withdrawal from Afghanistan is expected to increase the influence of regional players, particularly Pakistan, in the strife-torn country.

But the decision has also stoked fears that instability in Afghanistan could spread elsewhere in South Asia.

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