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US, NATO end Afghan combat command after 13 years


 Even as the United States and NATO formally end their combat mission in Afghanistan, Taliban militants have launched another attack.

   It targeted a police station in southern Kandahar province, in the Taliban heartland. A spokesman for the provincial governor says a police officer and four civilians died, along with five of the attackers.

   At a ceremony today in the Afghan capital, NATO's International Security Assistance Force's Joint Command lowered its flag to formally mark the end of its deployment.

   But with President Barack Obama allowing U.S. troops to go after both al-Qaida and Taliban militants in Afghanistan into next year, the fighting likely won't be over anytime soon.

   From Jan. 1, the coalition will maintain a force of 13,000 troops in Afghanistan, down from a peak of around 140,000 in 2011.

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