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A spike in bombings spreads fear in Afghanistan. It could also be a message to Trump

KABUL, Afghanistan - With U.S. troops surging into Afghanistan, Taliban militants challenged a new and inexperienced U.S. president with an escalating campaign of bombings that illustrated the difficulties of winning the war.

The year was 2009, the president was Barack Obama and the cheap and devastating Taliban tactic was the roadside bomb, which quickly became the No. 1 killer of both U.S.-led coalition forces and Afghan civilians.

Nearly a decade later, with President Donald Trump renewing the war effort by sending thousands more troops and expanding their combat mission, Afghanistan is experiencing another grim spike in insurgent violence with three major attacks in Kabul that killed at least 136 people within a span of 10 days.

The latest came Monday when five militants attacked an

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