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Taleban makes inroads, Afghan govt in a precarious position

Many Afghans are convinced that a Taleban victory is now inevitable.PHOTO: EPA-EFE

The United States and its key military allies are at pains to reassure the government of Afghanistan of their continued support, despite a series of sharp military reverses which saw Taleban fighters striking at the heart of the most heavily defended areas of Kabul, the capital.

"It is important that the Taleban recognise that they cannot achieve their objectives by seizing power through violence," said US State Department spokesman Ned Price.

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