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Afghan fighters accuse Kabul of neglect in deadly battle with Taliban

Afghan fighters accuse Kabul of neglect in deadly battle with Taliban

With his weapon in one hand, Ibrahim answered his cellphone with the other. He was hoping the call would bring news of reinforcements for his Afghan Local Police post, which was under siege from hundreds of Taliban insurgents. But the caller was his brother, and Ibrahim, a 20-year-old member of the U.S.-backed Afghan government militia, broke down in tears in the middle of an hours-long gun battle in the eastern province of Maidan Wardak. “When I heard his voice, I thought to myself, ‘This is the end,’” Ibrahim said. “I started to cry before telling him goodbye and that I was sorry for any wrong I ever did to him.” At least 30 ALP members were killed...

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