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Cowering in the bathroom: Some Afghans dread the Taliban knock at the door

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By Charlotte Greenfield and James Mackenzie (Reuters) – When armed members of the Afghan Taliban knocked on the door of their Kabul apartment, the family of 16 inside had crammed into the bathroom, turned off the lights and mobile phones and covered the children’s mouths to keep them quiet. They did not know what to expect, but did not want to take any risks. Two family members had already been killed in recent years and they had watched the wave of assassinations across Afghanistan over the last 12 months that the ousted Afghan government blamed on Taliban insurgents. In Kabul alone, U.S. emb…

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