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Oct 27, 2012 2:38 PM by Matt Stafford

New Afghan war phrase, with no decisive end seen

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - A new chapter of the Afghanistan war is getting under way.

It comes with a slimmed-down Western force doing more advising than fighting, a resilient Taliban showing little interest in peace talks, and Americans tempted to pull the plug on a conflict now in its 12th year.

In short, a decisive end seems nowhere in sight.

An allied offensive that was spearheaded by the influx of 30,000 U.S. troops has just ended. That offensive hammered the Taliban in its southern strongholds. Yet the insurgency persists as the American-led international military coalition hands off security responsibilities to the Afghans before exiting in two years.

What began in October 2001 under the Pentagon's hopeful banner of "Operation Enduring Freedom" has hardened into enduring resistance.

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