Bombings across Afghanistan kill 20 people

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KABUL, Afghanistan — Roadside bombs and a suicide bomber killed 20 people in a spate of attacks across Afghanistan today, officials said.

The deaths came even as armed clashes between insurgents and Afghan security forces have decreased as the fighting season winds down with the advent of cooler weather in the mountainous nation.

Insurgents have been increasingly targeting Afghan authorities and security forces now that NATO is drawing down toward a final withdrawal of foreign combat troops in 2014.

Although the Afghan police and army have expanded rapidly to their planned 352,000 members, they are plagued with low morale and a high desertion rate.

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