LONDON, U.K.—Five times in the past two weeks, government soldiers in Badakhshan and Takhar provinces in northern Afghanistan have fled across the border into Tajikistan after clashes with Taliban militants. They didn’t lose the firefights, and they’re not cowards; 1,600 trained soldiers–over 100 a day–just fled abroad to avoid further combat. Nobody wants to be the last man to die in a lost war.
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