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The amount of civilians killed or injured increased 23 percent in the first six months of 2013, signaling the challenge Afghan forces face as they take over all combat duties from U.S.Troops.

The Taliban are responsible for most of casualties, stepping up attacks this year through roadside bombs and suicide attacks in major population centers.

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