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Afghanistan's Ghani says a tough year will yield stronger nation

KABUL, Afghanistan Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani said his security forces will weather the loss of most U.S. combat support and defeat a Taliban insurgency that's inflicting record casualties. "It's going to be a difficult year, but at the end of it I think we're going to come out much stronger," Ghani told visiting reporters Monday at the presidential palace in Kabul. He spoke hours after a Taliban suicide bomber blew himself up in an attack on a bus carrying government workers in the capital, killing one person and wounding 13. Elsewhere, Taliban attacks killed 16 police officers at checkpoints in Badakhshan province in northeastern Afghanistan. ...

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