Afghanistan banks on local forces, thaw with Pakistan as foreign troops leave amid bloody 2014

December 25, 2014 6:30 AM

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Afghanistan banks on local forces, thaw with Pakistan as foreign troops leave amid bloody 2014

FILE - In this file photo taken Dec. 10, 2014, Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani speaks during a news conference at the presidential palace in Kabul, Afghanistan. There is cause for measured optimism - a new president has vowed to overhaul the government, root out corruption and mend ties with neighboring Pakistan, where the Taliban is long believed to have enjoyed safe haven. But President Ashraf Ghani faces a monumental challenge in trying to reform the notoriously corrupt government and security forces, and the Taliban have vowed to keep fighting until the last foreign soldier departs. (AP Photo/Massoud Hossaini, File) (The Associated Press)

FILE - In this file photo taken Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014, an Afghan soldier inspects a damaged bus at the site of a suicide attack by the Taliban in Kabul, Afghanistan. With U.S.-led forces shifting to a supporting role at the end of this month, Afghanistan will have to chart its own course after the...

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