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Posted: Aug 27, 2014 1:04 AM

Updated: Aug 27, 2014 1:04 AM

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) The former top U.S. commander in Afghanistan says the country's election stalemate has hurt progress in training the Afghan military, and resolving the political chaos will be key to that military's success in 2015.

Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford said the Taliban will test the Afghan forces next year with an onslaught of attacks, hoping to capitalize on the dwindling U.S. and coalition troops in the country.

Dunford passed the flag to his successor, Army Gen. John Campbell, on Tuesday. Dunford's tenure spanned a critical transition period for the war, as the Obama administration announced a sharp drawdown in U.S. troops, while the Afghans struggled to put a new government in place.

In an interview, Campbell agreed that the political disarray may have an impact on the Afghan fighting force.

Topics: AS-Afghanistan-Future

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