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Targeted Killings Are Terrorizing Afghans


The murder of a military prosecutor, a doctor, a journalist — all within weeks — offer a glimpse into the targeted killings of community leaders and off-duty security forces that have wracked Afghanistan for months.
Most officials believe the Taliban are behind the attacks, but others fear that factions are using chaos as a cover to settle scores.
 Often, no one claims responsibility for the deaths.
The purpose of the killings appears to be to terrorize Afghan society into submitting to whatever terms emerge from peace talks, whether that is a peace agreement or a civil war. 
And the deaths are a worrying sign of how much remains unsettled as U.S. troops prepare to withdraw.
 Peace talks between the government and the Taliban are scheduled to reconvene on Tuesday in Qatar, but the details of what’s being negotiated next remain murky.

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