Afghan villagers fear militants' return outside shadow of US forces

Achin (Afghanistan) (AFP) – Living in the shadow of a US military base had provided protection to villagers in eastern Afghanistan, but locals now say the recent withdrawal of foreign troops has left them exposed to militant attacks.”When the Americans were here, there were drones in the air 24 hours a day and there were no Taliban and Islamic State,” said Kameen Khan, who lives near one former US base in the Achin district of Nangarhar province.”In the months since they left the area, the Taliban and IS have restarted their activities,” he told AFP.Dozens of US special forces set up shop in A…

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