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Fierce battle rages in Afghanistan

American and coalition forces have been battling Afghan rebels in the south of the country, close to the border with Pakistan. American war planes have bombed rebel fighters in the mountainous region near the town of Spin Boldak, in what US military officials say is the largest-scale fighting for nine months. Some 200 US special forces troops are engaged in the mountain battle and more are on their way, US Army spokesman Major Robert Hepner told the Associated Press. Another US spokesman said the fighting forces were aligned to one of the Afghan leaders, Gulbuddin Hekmatyar. Up to 18 rebel fighters have been killed, spokesman Colonel Roger King said. “It’s the largest concentration of enemy forces since Operation Anaconda,” Colonel King said – a reference to the US military campaign in eastern Afghanistan last March. Full Story

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