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KABUL, Afghanistan — A day after President Ashraf Ghani announced another unilateral cease-fire, Taliban insurgents ambushed a convoy of buses in northern Afghanistan on Monday and held more than 100 people hostage for several hours.

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DOD photo by U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Jette Carr

The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan said Thursday that several thousand more troops were needed to train and advise Afghan forces and break the “stalemate” in their fight against the Taliban.

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