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An Afghan policeman receives weapons training from U.S. soldiers on the outskirts of Afghanistan's Kandahar City last month. Rodrigo Abd/AP hide caption

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U.S. Thrust Has Unintended Effect On Kandahar

U.S. military gains in southern Afghanistan push more refugees and Taliban fighters into Kandahar.

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Col. Muhammed Rasoud Qandahari, one of the top Afghan army officers in the Kandahar region, speaks with a young man outside a shura, or community meeting, in Panjwaii, west of Kandahar. U.S. troops are hoping to clear the area of Taliban and let Afghan troops take over. Greg Dixon/NPR hide caption

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