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Afghan President Condemns Terror Attacks

Ashraf Ghani
Ashraf Ghani

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has condemned the surge of militant attacks in his country in recent weeks as U.S.-led foreign forces continue their withdrawal.

Ghani said in a televised speech on December 14 that "we will never surrender" while calling on all religious, political, and tribal leaders to condemn the violence.

Ghani shouted "Enough! No more!" during his address and called the wave of attacks "un-Islamic" and "inhuman."

The president's speech came two weeks before the withdrawal of almost all international combat troops from Afghanistan.

Taliban fighters have launched several high-profile attacks across the country and killed at least 19 people on December 13, including a senior Supreme Court official outside his Kabul home.

The some 12,500 mostly U.S. troops that will remain in Afghanistan after December 31 will mainly train the country's national army and police.

Based on reporting by AP and AFP