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Ryan Crocker, the outgoing U.S. ambassador in Afghanistan, gestures Thursday during an interview with the Associated Press in Kabul, Afghanistan. Fears the exit of most foreign troops in 2014 portends another Afghan civil war or precipitous economic slide are “unlikely scenarios,’’ Ryan Crocker said.

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Moderate Taliban want peace, US says

Moderate Taliban figures have expressed interest in the fragile peace process, the outgoing U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan said Thursday, referring to a deal that appears even more elusive with this summer’s rash of suicide attacks and bombings.


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