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Upsurge in Afghanistan violence prompts security shake-up

Sunday, December 14, 2014 - 01:27

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani gives an angry speech against the Taliban and says he plans to revive a security body to tackle the upsurge in violence. Nathan Frandino reports.

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With the remnants of Saturday's deadly bus blast in Kabul still fresh in their minds, Afghans are on edge. Waves of suicide bombings and commando-style assaults by the Taliban further threaten an already fragile security. The attacks are spreading uncertainty as most foreign combat troops withdraw this month. In a fiery speech on Sunday, President Ashraf Ghani condemned the attacks. (SOUNDBITE) (Pashto) AFGHAN PRESIDENT, ASHRAF GHANI, SAYING: "These acts are unacceptable; these acts are not Islamic and are inhuman. The society has to say in one voice that it's no longer acceptable." His speech comes days after a suicide bombing killed a German man at a French cultural center. The man was attending a performance of a play denouncing suicide bombs. Ghani said he's seeking to revive an Afghan security body last seen during a Soviet-backed government in the 1980s. He did not give details, but his spokesman said there would be greater coordination between police, military and intelligence agencies. Still, it's uncertain if the move will curb the Taliban's confidence.

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Upsurge in Afghanistan violence prompts security shake-up

Sunday, December 14, 2014 - 01:27