On Wednesday, the Taliban said it detonated a bomb on a NATO fuel tanker and then opened fire on other NATO trucks, destroying 22 supply vehicles in a morning attack in Kabul. Violence has continued to escalate in the country, with two NATO service members killed in a bombing Wednesday, another dying in an insurgent attack Tuesday, and nine Afghan soldiers killed during an attack by militants in the south on Tuesday night. Although the U.S.-led coalition is confident Afghan forces will be able to take control of the nation's security apparatus by the end of 2014, when international forces will have gone home, that prospect is looking increasingly shaky.
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