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Officials confirm attacks by Taliban not down after all

Coalition says it erred in reporting drop of 7 percent

WASHINGTON — The American-led military coalition in Afghanistan backed off Tuesday from its assertion that Taliban attacks dropped off in 2012, tacitly acknowledging a hole in its widely repeated argument that violence is easing and that the insurgency is in steep decline.

In response to Associated Press inquiries about its latest statistics on security in Afghanistan, the coalition command in Kabul said it had erred in reporting a 7 percent decline in attacks.

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