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Afghan forces struggle as ranks thinned by ‘ghost’ soldiers

FILE - In this Sunday, March 29, 2015, file photo, new members of the Afghan National Army attend their graduation ceremony at the Afghan Military Academy in Kabul, Afghanistan. Afghan forces are struggling to man the front lines against a resurgent Taliban, in part because of untold numbers of “ghost” troops who are paid salaries but only exist on paper. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul, File)

 
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on January 11, 2016, on page 9.

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