Jul 25, 2013 12:58 PM by Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) - American officials say the shrinking U.S. combat role in Afghanistan has given insurgents an opening to devise and carry out deadlier attacks.
Insurgents are using bigger improvised bombs against U.S. and coalition military vehicles and bases.
The officials say that even though the number of attacks and the total casualties they cause has dropped, insurgents are able to spend more time preparing and staging some attacks. This means the attacks that succeed tend to be more lethal. That's because fewer U.S. forces are patrolling road networks beyond their fixed bases and eye-in-the-sky surveillance balloons known as aerostats are coming down.
In response, Taliban fighters are adapting their tactics, according to officials at a Pentagon agency that tracks attacks that use improvised explosive devices, or IEDs.
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