KABUL, Afghanistan — A suicide bomber targeting U.S. troops outside an Afghan government office killed nine children walking home from school and two of the Americans on Monday, the latest sign that this year’s fighting season could be one of the deadliest of the 12-year-old war. An increase in casualties among Afghan civilians and security forces reinforces fears that foreign combat forces will be leaving behind a country in the throes of relentless violence when they withdraw next year. An Afghan official insisted that despite the escalating carnage, the insurgents have made no advances. With peace talks apparently dead in the water, the Taliban and other militants have fiercely stepped…

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