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WASHINGTON — Violence in Afghanistan has surged over the last two years and hit an all-time high in the last week, the United States’ top war zone commander said Thursday.

Gen. David Petraeus said the number of attacks in Afghanistan over the last week hit “the highest level” since the December 2001 fall of the Taliban. He did not provide hard numbers.

“Some of this will go up because we are going to go after their sanctuaries and safe havens as we must,” Petraeus, head of U.S. Central Command, said in a speech at the Washington think-tank Center for a New American Security.

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