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Taliban leverages pandemic to burnish image as violence in Afghanistan surges

Breaking News EmailsGet breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings.SUBSCRIBEMay 23, 2020, 8:30 AM UTCBy Willem Marx, Mushtaq Yusufzai, Ahmed Mengli and Alex HolmesDecades of war, political chaos, desperate poverty, and now coronavirus.A perfect storm has gathered over one of the world’s most benighted nations, Afghanistan, where ordinary citizens are facing a fresh form of misery.Taliban militants have announced they will keep fighting since they say there have been no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in areas under the group’s control, a senior militant in the province of Ghazni has told NBC News.Despite an uptick in violence, Taliban sources in Ghazni and four other provinces, Hel ...