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US military operations against the Taliban have dramatically escalated during the Trump presidency, despite combat operations against the group ending over two years ago
The US has spent more than $70bn on Afghan security. But the defence against the Taliban is falling to some very unconventional soldiers.
Since the US withdrew its combat forces from Afghanistan, responsibility for security has shifted to local partners - meaning it is often left in the hands of strongmen who have their own agendas.
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